Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Why China Can't Conquer Taiwan in a War

  • Zachary Keck
| Nov. 17, 2017


With President Xi Jinping having consolidated his power at the 19th Party Congress, and the United States increasingly distracted at home, it may seem like a given that China will reestablish its predominance over the Asia-Pacific region. A new study casts doubt on this, however, arguing that Beijing doesn’t have the military power to defeat its neighbors. In fact, it probably can’t even conquer Taiwan.

The new study by Michael Beckley, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, was published in the academic journal International Security. In the article, Beckley argues that China’s neighbors could thwart Chinese military aggression through anti-access/area denial strategies with only minimal U.S. assistance.

For more information on this publication: Belfer Communications Office
For Academic Citation: Keck, Zachary.“Why China Can't Conquer Taiwan in a War.” The National Interest, November 17, 2017.

The Author