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Interview: Taiwan needs to find its message to gain ground

NO VISIONPerceptions need to be shaped with tangible actions rather than slogans, said a former US deputy assistant for national security affairs

By Jewel Huang and Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTERS

"It was a little too cute in mirroring `four noes and one will not' and making a play on that framework, when from the American official point of view, they continue to express repeated concern that the `four noes, one will not' will remain in force," he said. "Sometimes when you are dealing with sensitive subjects, humor and shifting the topics around make everyone feel more comfortable and all of that. In this case, I don't think it did."

Getting the US to support Taiwan's UN membership was a "distant goal" at this point, Yates said, because US policy is to firmly "not support" Taiwan's membership in an organization that requires statehood.

It might be helpful to have both sides of the Taiwan Strait in the UN and resolving their differences around the negotiating table, but Yates said it would not change the fundamental difficulty in the relationship between Taiwan and China: a lack of trust and vigorous efforts by China to alter the "status quo" in the Taiwan Strait.

"In terms of having equal footing, in terms of mutual respect and all of that, I think all of us are for that," he said. "I have some sympathy for the desire to have equal footing in dialogue and negotiations, but I think it's a big challenge."

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