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China lacks Taiwan's democracy

By Chen Ching-chih 陳清池

This is not to say that Taiwan does not need a military defense. On the contrary, as a sovereign, independent nation, Taiwan's defense is on the shoulders of its people. Friendly nations such as the US and Japan will come to its aid only if they are convinced that the people of Taiwan are determined to defend what they have struggled to secure over the past half century.

Chen Ching-chih is a researcher with the Los Angeles-based Institute for Taiwanese Studies.

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