Abstract：Compared with the predecessor’s policy towards Taiwan, Trump administration maintains continuation to a certain extent, which not only includes the continuation of specific policy towards Taiwan, but also covers the logic of alliance politics and wedge strategy of the United States. Consequently, U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation has been kept upgrading and deepening. The paper proposes that the U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation is the “Wedge” that drove between Taiwan and Mainland China by the United States. The goal of the U.S. wedge strategy is not limited to impede Mainland China, but more importantly, to achieve the goal of “pre-reunification”, which means to prevent the weakening of U.S. ally system in Asia-Pacific region and to maintain the dominance of U.S. in the East Asia security order. The motivation of U.S. wedge strategy consists of two aspects: on the one hand, according to the conservative alliance logic, the “quasially” role of Taiwan will be gone with the reunification of the mainland and Taiwan, which probably lead to other allies’ doubt of U.S. capability to maintain the security order in the East Asia; on the other hand, if the reunification is realized in the near future, China’s capability of Anti-access/Area-denial (A2/AD) will be highly improved, which might pose a serious threat to the U.S. strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region. As a result, the U.S. tries to gain huge strategic interests with the endorsement of wedge strategy. In summary, the paper tries to take a new perspective to study the U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation and widen the application of alliance politics and wedge strategy.
王晓虎. “统一预阻”：美台安全合作的楔子战略视角[J]. 太平洋学报, 2018, 26(3): 39-48.
WANG Xiaohu. Alliance Politics and Pre-reunification: Theoretical Analysis of the Wedge Strategy on U.S. Security Cooperation with Taiwan. 太平洋学报, 2018, 26(3): 39-48.