U.S.-China Competition: Is China Winning Without War?

Garrett Ehinger // China is not as affected by U.S. deterrence as American leaders might think. It recognizes the high costs that war with the United States would have...Thus it seeks to provoke the United States into further investment in deterrence while patiently entrenching itself around the globe. 

Ghosts of Gladio: Mapping Out a Stay-Behind Strategy in Taiwan

By Noah Schwartz & Alison O'Neil // Rather than helping Taiwan prepare for conventional defense by hitting targets in the Chinese mainland — a strategy that could further provoke the PRC while failing to match the PLA’s superior firepower — the United States should encourage Taiwan to develop its asymmetric capabilities.