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Asia-Pacific security expert on growing US-China and Taiwan-China tensions

Taiwan China PLA j-16 Fighter jet
Taiwan Ministry of Defense
In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. (Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP, File)

What a month it has been as tensions between China and Taiwan take to the skies and allies, including the U.S., watch developments closely. Over the weekend, China marked the anniversary of its Communist Party with tough talk, threatening Taiwan.

What to make of the posturing? Is China really preparing to attack Taiwan? East-West Center Senior Fellow Denny Roy focuses on Asia-Pacific security issues and thinks the answer is no.

The Conversation talked with him about what could be behind the recent events — as well as what’s ahead in the upcoming talks between the U.S. and China later this month.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 14, 2021.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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