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True democratic reform takes time

By Gerrit van der Wees

Some of her supporters also want her to go farther and faster on this. They feel that now is the time to let the world know that cross-strait relations should not be viewed through the dark specter of the old civil war between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party.

They feel that Taiwan’s international isolation should be a thing of the past and that the global community should work toward normal relations with a new and democratic Taiwan.

This will require ingenious diplomacy and out-of-the-box thinking, both by Taiwan and by its international friends and allies. And for that, time is on Taiwan’s side, too — but much work remains to be done.

Gerrit van der Wees is a former Dutch diplomat and was the editor of Taiwan Communique from 1980 through 2016.

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