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Schriver urges US to stay out of 2016 Taiwan polls

SWISS STANCE:The ex-US deputy assistant secretary of state for Asia warned against a repeat of Washington’s perceived picking of sides in Taiwan’s 2012 presidential election

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

Schriver said the US should also help Taiwan build indigenous submarines, urging Washington to be “out in front” on this matter and play a “very positive part” in the nation’s submarine program, since “these are badly needed systems.”

Schriver said the US’ Taiwan policy seems to be based on assumptions that are “fundamentally flawed,” in particular Washington’s apparent belief that it knows how to solve the Taiwan-China dilemma.

“I don’t think we know,” he said. “If you look at the polls, the [number of] people who say: ‘Status quo now, independence later’ continues to grow. [While the number of] people who say ‘status quo now, unification later’ continues to sink.”

“The notion that this is on a glide path and we can all have confidence in a soft landing, I don’t agree with that,” Schriver added.

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