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Opinions differ on US-China statement

GLASS HALF FULL:Officials sought to convince the public that their lobbying against the inclusion of the term ‘core interests’ in the US-China joint statement had won the day

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

Since November 2009, China has expanded the content of its “core interests,” not defined in the 2009 joint statement, by declaring the South China Sea, the Yellow Sea and Taiwan as its core interests on a par with Tibet and Xinjiang on various occasions, Lo said.

“What China wanted from the US was a promise to respect its ‘core interests.’ After getting that endorsement, China has its own interpretation of what ‘core interests’ means. This is China’s core interest ploy, and it’s a little concerning that the US has fallen into the trap,” Lo said.

Alex Huang (黃介正), an assistant professor at Tamkang University’s Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, held a different view, saying that the Taiwan issue was addressed in a “nicer” way than in the 2009 statement.

“It was more modest and we can feel the US government has taken note of our concerns since the last joint statement. The US government is sensitive to Taiwan’s concerns,” he said.

Beijing would surely have wanted the inclusion of “core interests” in the joint statement again, but the US clearly did not accept that demand, Huang said.

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