Will Taiwan’s Dongsha Islands Be the Next Crimea?

An aerial view of the outlying Atoll National Park of the Dongsha Islands, southwest of Taiwan, Sept. 15, 2010 (AP photo by Peter Enav).
An aerial view of the outlying Atoll National Park of the Dongsha Islands, southwest of Taiwan, Sept. 15, 2010 (AP photo by Peter Enav).
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Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine prompted much international outrage but little meaningful action. President Vladimir Putin was able to forcefully redraw his country’s borders, shrugging off the international sanctions that the United States and European Union imposed in response. Putin’s success augmented “the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way,” as U.S. President Barack Obama put it at the time. Given Crimea’s location in a small country—and the complex, often ethnically tinged territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia—the world was not willing to fight for it. History may not […]

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