The Bush administration is already conducting a secret review of its "one China" policy, although the review is fairly narrow and technical and will not necessarily result in a decision to support Taiwan's independence, a leading Washington Taiwan specialist says.
\nJohn Tkacik, an academic at the Heritage Foundation, told the Taipei Times that the review aims to debunk the myth that Taiwan is part of China and to clarify just what a "one China" policy means.
\nHe was commenting on a report issued in Washington on Tuesday by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which recommended that the Bush administration and Congress "conduct a fresh assessment of the `one China' policy, given the changing realities in China and Taiwan."
\n"I think the State Department is already reviewing the `one China' policy," Tkacik said.
\nThe review, he believes, began before Vice President Dick Cheney went to Beijing in April. Even before that trip, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesmen made it clear that Beijing would use the trip to push Washington to reassert its "one China" policy, as well as to reduce arms sales to Taiwan.
\nThe review began when the department was briefing Cheney for the trip, and "they are still in the throes of trying to figure out where to go with [the policy]," Tkacik said.
\nThe first indication of the review came on April 21 in various comments made by Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly as he testified before Congress on Taiwan policy in the wake of President Chen Shui-bian's (
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