Zhou Wenxing

Adjunct Research Fellow, Shang Dao Institute for Social Research; Asia Fellow, Harvard University

Zhou Wenxing is an adjunct research fellow at Shang Dao Institute for Social Research. He was Rajawali Asia Fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (FY2017–18). Before receiving his M. L. in International Relations (IRs) from Wuhan University and D. Phil in Public Administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Wenxing studied as a Joint-Master student at Belgium’s French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and Joint-Ph.D. student at Harvard University, both with the financial support of the China Scholarship Council of China’s Ministry of Education. His recent research focuses on China-US relations and the Taiwan issue. He is the author of several edited volumes and translated books. His academic articles have appeared in journals including The China Review, The Chinese Journal of American Studies and Taiwan Studies, and commentaries in such mainstream magazines and media as Global Times.

This handout photo taken and released on 3 September 2020 by Taiwan's Presidential Office shows Czech Senate Speaker Miloš Vystrčil receiving a map of Taiwan from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei. (Handout/Taiwan Presidential Office/AFP)

Failed 'coercive diplomacy'? Beijing might harden its stance on Taiwan after Czech delegation's visit

Was the recent visit of a Czech delegation led by Senate speaker Miloš Vystrčil penny wise but pound foolish? Zhou Wenxing analyses that the Czech visit may encourage further visits by democratic countries in a show of solidarity, but it is just such visible moves that might make Beijing go on the offensive.
This combination of file pictures created on 11 June 2019 shows US President Donald Trump (left) as he departs the White House, in Washington, DC, on 2 June 2019, and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the kick off his presidential election campaign in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 18 May 2019. (Jim Watson and Dominick Reuter/AFP)

Will the US abandon Taiwan?

Academics Zhou Wenxing and Wang Weinan observe the hard truth that Taiwan is often used as a strategic card to be played in the US’s relationship with China. While Biden seems to be the safer pair of hands on Taiwan policy, if Trump gets re-elected, Taiwan may be entering a game of high risk but high returns. Either way, Taiwan will have to watch for which way the political vane turns, as the winds moving them are rarely in their control.