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Rudyard Kipling once wrote, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…” For thousands of years, this was true; western civilizations had no direct contact with the civilizations of the east. Over time, this changed as travel became more efficient, and the spread of culture and ideas became easier. Today, the East and the West rely on each other and in turn influence the other. Perhaps one of the most significant political developments of the 1970’s was China opening its borders for the first time in thirty years. This event had repercussions, especially one that is often overlooked. As the People’s Republic of China (China; P.R.C.) emerged as the political power in Asia, they complicated relations among the Republic of China (Taiwan; R.O.C.), the United States, and the West. U.S.-Taiwan relations, while complicated and often overlooked, have always been and continue to be an important topic in world politics.read moreRecently Admiral James Lyons (USN-Retired) proposed the return of the U.S. Coast Guard to Taiwan [Strengthening Taiwan’s defenses, The Washington Times]. The 1979 Carter termination of the US-ROC Mutual Defense Treaty left the island out in the cold, but the U.S. Congress replaced it with the Taiwan Relations Act in 1980. In 1996, the Chinese imposed a partial blockade around and over Taiwan with their so-called "missile tests" and the U.S. Navy reacted by sending two U.S. aircraft carriers to patrol the international waters around Taiwan. This partial blockade was an overt act of war by China (see reference here). During the last few years, the South China Sea and Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands have been quietly inundated with Chinese maritime surveillance ships, but these particular Chinese ships are not part of the Chinese PLA Navy (PLAN). Their military role for combatant status is based on naval militias. These maritime militias have been dubbed the "little blue men" of PLAN asymmetric warfare strategies, because they are just tap dancing around an overt act of war (e.g. blockades). American naval assets are seafaring vessels for its military purposes, but the Chinese maritime militia occupy the twilight zone of both civilian and military vessels. Americans, however, have a rough equivalency of the Chinese maritime militia, because the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has a dual mission purpose of maritime policing and coastal warfare.read more
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