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US forum debates issue of ‘abandoning’ Taiwan

By William Lowther  /  Staff Reporter in Washington

“We need to think hard about this and what the implications over time will be,” Swaine said. “It is not about stopping arms sales to Taiwan, it is about really assessing if it is possible to reach an understanding with Beijing that would involve sacrifice on China’s part in the way it manages Taiwan in return for certain changes in US policy.”

Bonnie Glaser said that increasingly, people in China were seeing the current improvement in cross-strait relations as Chinese President Hu Jintao’s (胡錦濤) legacy.

“What I hear is that it is possible — if the DPP [Democratic Progressive Party] comes back to power — that Hu Jintao’s legacy will be lost,” she said.

In that case, she said, the new leadership could be compelled to pursue a much tougher policy on Taiwan.

DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should send signals to Beijing about what policies she would follow if she won the upcoming election, she said.

“There are ways to ease mainland China’s concerns about her and the DPP that might preserve the legacy of peaceful development across the Strait,” Bonnie Glaser said.

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