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Trump win draws mixed reactions

UNCERTAINTY:Some see continued stable Taiwan-US ties, while others advise caution amid questions over the president-elect’s foreign and trade policies

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

“We should be careful not to immediately label Trump as rash,” National Chung Hsing University Graduate Institute of International Politics professor Tsai Ming-yeng (蔡明彥) said, adding that who Trump names to his national security team would be a crucial signal of future policy direction.

“The overall alignment from the past several decades should not change, because it is the product of geopolitics, which is not something any one person can change, regardless of who is elected,” said Chang Tieh-chih (張鐵志), cofounder of the Chinese-language online publication The Reporter, while adding that the future of the TPP was uncertain because of Trump’s opposition to the deal.

“Trump said just a few days ago that Taiwan and Mexico were stealing US jobs. I am not clear why he singled us out, but the sense one gets is that all non-Americans are a drag on US economic development,” said Clarence Chou (周宇修), a director of the Campaign for Media Reform.

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