The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) transits the Taiwan Strait while conducting routine underway operations. Benfold is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Deanna C. Gonzales)

What if China Conducted A CARVER Assessment Of Taiwan?

By Luke Bencie and Eric Dorn

In recent months, the ever-concerning discussion of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) potential invasion of Taiwan has bubbled up to the political surface. From Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, to President Joe Biden’s claim that the United States would militarily defend the democratic island, geopolitical experts have weighed in on whether (if and when) China will strike or not.

For decades, Taiwan has represented a legitimacy probl...