The author disapproves of the "creative ambiguity" that has papered over differences between China and the United States regarding Taiwan. He wants to do away with this ambiguity by making the Republic of China on Taiwan a U.S. defense partner. Taiwan's ports and airfields, he suggests, could be an alternative to U.S. bases in the Philippines. The author does not consider the likely consequences of such a drastic reversal of America's "one China" policy-a policy now carried out by four American presidents. It is hard to conceive of a move more likely to disrupt U.S.-P.R.C. relations and endanger the political stability of Taiwan.