The Chinese threat to Taiwan is the primary near-term challenge to the East Asian order. As the Taiwanese are most unlikely to surrender willingly, and as the United States has a vital national interest at stake, a strong case can be made on strategic grounds for defending Taiwan’s de facto independent status, should the need arise. An Australian scholar makes that case.
"Defending Taiwan, and Why It Matters,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 54
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol54/iss4/6