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Steinberg resigns as US deputy secretary of state

By William Lowther  /  Staff Reporter in WASHINGTON

Gerrit van der Wees, editor of the Washington-based Taiwan Communique, said Steinberg was “too soft on China.”

“On Taiwan, Steinberg regrettably clung too much to old ‘one China’ policy mantras and was not able to engage the US in more creative thinking and action in support of Taiwan’s democracy and international space. He also was overly cautious on US arms sales to Taiwan,” he said.

What happens next, Van der Wees told the Taipei Times, depends on how responsibilities are shifted within the State Department.

Van der Wees expects US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell to take a more prominent role, “which is a good thing, because he has an excellent grasp of the policies needed to balance out China’s rise and retain US influence in East Asia.”

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