Thursday, July 27, 2023

Paul Huang, the real situation in Taiwan: politics, military, China — Manifold #40


Paul Huang is a journalist and research fellow with the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation. He is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Sample articles: 

Taiwan’s Military Has Flashy American Weapons but No Ammo (in Foreign Policy): 

Taiwan’s  Military Is a Hollow Shell (Foreign Policy): 

Audio-only and transcript:

Steve and Paul discuss: 

0:00 Introduction 
1:44 Paul’s background; the Green Party (DPP) and Blue Party (KMT) in Taiwan 
4:40 How the Taiwanese people view themselves vs mainland Chinese 
15:02 Taiwan taboos: politics and military preparedness 
15:27 Effect of Ukraine conflict on Taiwanese opinion 
29:56 Lack of realistic military planning 
37:20 Is there a political solution to reunification with China? What influence does the U.S. have? 
51:34 The likelihood of peaceful reunification of Taiwan and China 
56:45 Honest views on Taiwanese and U.S. military readiness for a conflict with China

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