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Reconciling cross-strait contrivance

By Shirley Kan

There was tension at a hearing of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs in April last year, when in response to Senator Marco Rubio, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel did not clearly reaffirm the “six assurances” until afterward.

Taiwan has pushed to elevate the “six assurances” to become a sacred text. The US has remained principled, but not constrained, a stance designed to protect its own interests. Taiwan’s various leaders can deal with the contrived “1992 consensus” by leaving the old stepping stone in the path of cross-strait contacts and not pontificating about a vague, verbal code for discord.

Shirley Kan recently retired from working for the US Congress’ Congressional Research Service. This commentary is her personal analysis.

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