Why Latin America Should Care About China-Taiwan Relations

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Though top of mind for many US military planners, China's intentions in the Taiwan Strait are not a major topic of discussion in much of Latin America.

This makes sense given the possible role that the US military would play in the event of a cross-Taiwan Strait contingency. Latin American militaries, by contrast, are highly unlikely to factor in cross-Strait military scenarios, even though the Latin American and Caribbean region is relative diplomatic stronghold for Taiwan.

But the implications of a Chinese invasion, or even blockade, of Taiwan extend far beyond the military realm. A Taiwan scenario, especially if protracted, would have expansive effects on global supply chains.



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