John Culver is a retired Senior Intelligence Officer with 35-years’ experience as a leading CIA analyst of East Asian affairs, including security, economic and foreign policy dimensions. As National Intelligence Officer for East Asia from 2015-2018, he drove the Intelligence Community's support to top policymakers on East Asian issues and managed extensive relationships inside and outside government.
The status quo in the Strait has changed. But is anyone really tuning in as the drama unfolds?
Many frame China’s options against Taiwan as peace or invasion. This is a dangerous oversimplification.
Deepening enmity could amplify Beijing’s assessment that Washington may pursue the overthrow of the CCP as an end goal.