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Perspectives on China and Taiwan

Well researched curated media for an audience curious about this topic

International Relations

18 selections


Why does it matter?

Taiwan has been a flashpoint for China, the United States, and several other nations for the better part of a century - the mere acknowledgment of its existence (or non-existence) is one of the most contentious foreign policy moves a nation can make.

Entry points

China v Taiwan: explained

Taiwan: Last Week Tonight

Selected articles and texts

Deep dive: long form content to further your understanding

Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan


This book takes a deep dive into the history of Taiwan, and makes the interesting argument that part of the reason why Taiwan’s history has been so turbulent is that it lies at the important boundary between the “Far East” and “South Asia”.

Difficult Choices: Taiwan's Quest for Security and the Good Life 

Richard Bush is a senior fellow on East Asia Policy at the Brookings Institution.  This book focuses on the difficult policy choices Taiwan must take to preserve its security from China. It is also considers the complexity with its relationship to the US in this matter.

Is the U.S. Changing Its Stance on Taiwan?

This production from the New York Times notes that the US has been extremely careful in regards to Taiwan in the past -- but that neutral stance appears to be changing rapidly in light of recent events.


Written by an American who lived in Taiwan throughout the 1930s and 40s, this important book highlights the brutal realities of rule under the Chinese Nationalists led by Chiang Kai-Shek. It has been a "foundational text for generations of Taiwanese democracy and independence activists."

Formosa Betrayed: The Definitive First-hand Account of Modern Taiwan's Founding Tragedy

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

Shelley Rigger is a leading expert on Taiwan.  In this book, she highlights economic and political "miracles." She links these accomplishments to Taiwan's determined society, vibrant culture, and unique history. Drawing on different perspectives, Rigger explores Taiwan's importance to China, the United States, and the world.

Pelosi in Taiwan

On this Vox ‘Today, Explained’ podcast, a Politico journalist explains why Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan - despite the protests of Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.

'I worry China may launch a war': Taiwan's FM speaks out

What’s going on now? This video presents the perspective of Taiwanese officials in response to China’s recent military aggression.

PBS presents an interview with Bi-khim Hsiao, Taiwan's top official in the United States.

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