The Biden administration has defined China as the “pacing challenge” that poses the “most comprehensive and serious challenge to U.S. national security.” Sino-American tensions, in particular, have escalated due to disagreements over the future of Taiwan and the potential of Chinese invasion of the island. What should the United States be doing to prepare for a war over Taiwan? Would preparing for war be the same as preventing war? Is the United States making sufficient investments in the Indo-Pacific to match the strategic urgency? Elbridge Colby, co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, joins us to discuss the American defense priorities in the new year and whether the war in Ukraine is a distraction for the United States.
Editor: Leo Kamer
Hosts: Chris H. Park and Alexis Holewinski
Music: Zee Yuen