Sun, Aug 08, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Conference mulls shifting cross-strait power balance

WOOING WASHINGTON A recent report says that the US' Asian policy is becoming ocean-oriented, and that this offers opportunities for Taiwan to play a larger role

By Wang Hsiao-wen  /  STAFF REPORTER

In Chen's analysis, a fortified alliance with Japan will help include Taiwan in the East Asian safety network laid down by the US-Japan Defense Guidelines.

"The China-Japan relationship is deteriorating. On the contrary, Taiwan is improving its ties with her neighbor country. We should seize the opportunity to nurture relations with Japan," Chen said.

Another strategy to promote Taiwan's security is to boost the island's military spending. Experts in the conference said that with more than 500 missiles pointed at Taiwan, it is not a choice but a necessity to step up defense.

"We urge those who oppose the arms procurement to think twice before they jump to conclusions. Despite an absence of military conflict at the moment, we are already in a psychological war, cultural war, economic war with China," said Shu Chin-Chiang (蘇進強), secretary-general of the National Cultural Association.

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