During this geopolitical lecture, dr. Casper Wits will dive into the intricacies of the conflict between Taiwan and China. How come that Taiwan is a strategic ally of the West but not recognized by any Western countries? Are China’s military drills in the strait of Taiwan a precursor to an invasion? And if so, will the United States protect Taiwan even if it would mean risking World War III? Join us to learn about Taiwan’s history, the upcoming elections, and the future of the country!

Dr. Casper Wits is a University Lecturer at the Institute for Area Studies at Leiden University. His research centers on the diplomatic and international history of East Asia after World War II, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of Chinese and Japanese foreign policies and the intricacies of Sino-Japanese relations during this era.

This event is organized by Studium Generale of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Date: Wednesday 13 december 2023
Time: 16:00-17:30 hrs (Doors open 15:45hr)
Location: Erasmus Paviljoen
Moderation: David Boeren
Entry: Free