Don't ditch Taiwan

  • Title:

    The Rise of China
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    978-159403231-8
  • 160 Hardcover pages

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  • Would selling out a democratic ally help America's economy? Don't count on it

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  • Selling out Taiwan to the Chinese would be detrimental for US strategic and economic interests

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As America’s economic recovery continues to lag, politicians and pundits are scrambling to find ways to kick-start growth. One of the oddest such appeared recently in the New York Times. Paul V. Kane, a Marine and former international security fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, argued that the United States should agree to “terminate the United States-Taiwan defense arrangement,” in return for which Beijing should “write off the $1.14 trillion of American debt currently held by China.” The New York Times headline summed up the argument nicely: “To Save Our Economy, Ditch Taiwan.” While the idea of eliminating all of that debt is an attractive one, Kane fails to make the case that such a deal would ultimately be in America’s best interests.

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Michael Mazza is a senior research associate at AEI.

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