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US academic sees little progress in ties

CHINA POLICY:The US’ preoccupation with other issues and ambivalence about its role in foreign affairs do not bode well for ties with Taiwan, Robert Sutter said

By William Lowther  /  Staff Reporter in Washington

“Among other measures, Beijing might call upon Taiwan to stop purchasing weapons from the United States, phase out it institutionalized military ties with Washington, and formalize the [so-called] 1992 consensus into law,” he said.

Lynch concluded that Ma probably has a one-year window to generate the kind of “Taiwan consensus” on cross-strait relations that Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the party’s presidential candidate, said was essential for strengthening Taiwan’s hand prior to any political negotiations.

“Nothing less than the future of one of Asia’s most advanced democracies is at stake,” Lynch said.

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