Relations between the US and China will deepen in the years to come, but that does not necessarily pose a risk to relations between the US and Taiwan, a US defense expert said yesterday.
\nThe war against terrorism and the North Korean nuclear crisis have forced the George W. Bush administration to reassess its relations with China, said John Hamre, president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
\nIn his keynote speech to the International Conference on Political and Economic Security in Asia-Pacific sponsored by the Foundation on International and Cross-Strait Studies, Hamre recognized Taiwan's worries about the heightened collaboration between Washington and Beijing.
\nHamre said he is aware there are those who fear Washington may reduce its commitment to Taiwan for the sake of improving ties to Beijing.
\n"There are also those who worry that Beijing will rashly attempt to force America to choose between Chinese support against North Korea and American support for Taiwan," he said.
\nBut Hamre said these fears are unlikely to be realized. He said China is cooperating with the US on North Korea out of its own self-interest rather than as a favor to the US.
\nHe said China is in no position to demand concessions from the US on cross-straits issues because of their cooperation in confronting a dangerous and irresponsible government on the Korean Peninsula.
\n"I believe the Chinese government understands this situation very well," Hamre said.
\nAlso speaking at the conference -- which focused on the war on terrorism, US relations with Asian allies and regional economic security -- President Chen Shui-bian (
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