Richard Bush, director of the Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, will present Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait, his new book on the contentious relationship between Taiwan and China.
The long-running and changing political disagreement between the two governments remains unresolved. China maintains its “one-country, two-systems” approach while some on Taiwan seek de jure independence. Each side fears the intentions of the other, and China is augmenting its military capabilities. Miscalculation by one side or both could result in a war that neither desires, a war that might draw in the United States. Untying the Knot explores why the Taiwan Strait issue has been so hard to resolve and what would steps would have to occur to begin a process of resolution.
Jing Huang, senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and former advisor to the China Foundation of International and Strategic Studies, will moderate the discussion. A question and answer session will follow remarks.
Untying the Knot will be available for purchase in the Brookings Institution bookstore following the event.