- During 2021-22, Washington, Taipei, and Vilnius formed a new geopolitical triangle. The three capitals are bound by a common understanding that the People’s Republic of China is becoming an aggressive challenger of the democratic world and international security. In the wake of China’s pressure, more bold and sound political supportfor Taiwan came from Washington and Vilnius. In November 2021, Lithuania’s government agreed to establish a Taiwanese representative office in Vilnius; in August 2022, Nancy Pelosi, the US Speaker of the House, made a bold visit to Taiwan despite all the threatening rhetoric from the People’s Republic of China. Both actions provoked an aggressive response from China, but this only strengthened mutual support among all three democratic partners.
- This publication reviews the changing geopolitical reality and the strengthening of political and security cooperation between the US, Taiwan, and Lithuania.
- The first part explains the drivers of increased US support for Taiwan, especially the role of military assistance to Taipei and the need to expand the network of likely-minded partners willing to resist Chi- na’s influence. The second part analyses Lithuania’s political decision to enhance the partnership with Taiwan and its consequences.
- These two parts, prepared by the researchers from the Global Taiwan Institute (Washington, DC) and the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (Vilnius), create a better understanding of why the US and Lithuania make political support of Taiwan’s security and independence a foreign policy priority.
The US-Taiwan-Lithuania Triangle: Partners with a Common Vision for Security
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