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Result message to China: ex-AIT chief

‘THROW THE BUMS OUT’:Time would tell if a fundamental shift in political attitudes is under way, not just dissatisfaction with President Ma Ying-jeou’s policies, a US analyst said

By William Lowther  /  Staff Reporter in WASHINGTON

It said Tsai should appoint a multi-partisan Cabinet reflecting increasingly diverse political demographics and that Taiwan had become one of the most important drivers of change in all of Asia.

Tsai should fend off Chinese bids that threaten economic independence and strengthen Taiwanese industries so that firms do not seek so much outside capital, the magazine said.

Formosan Association for Public Affairs president Peter Chen (陳正義) said that now Tsai had “lit up Taiwan” the nation would “burn as a beacon of freedom and as a model for other countries in Asia.”

Several experts on the US’ Asia policy speculated about the strength of Washington’s defense commitment to Taiwan.

Law professor Julian Ku addressed the debate on Saturday in the journal Lawfare.

“Ultimately, the core of any security guarantee is not legal obligation, but political will,” he said.

“Legally speaking, Taiwan lacks an ironclad US security guarantee against attack by China, but this is true for just about everyone else as well — including NATO,” Ku said. “Whether the US will come to the defense of Taiwan or any other country is largely contingent on questions of diplomacy, military facts and political will.”

“Hopefully, Taiwan’s new president understands this,” he said.

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