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Taiwan should aim to be US’ Asia partner: experts

STRATEGIC:After the re-election of US President Barack Obama, analysts said Taiwan should liberalize its economy and boost its defense to benefit from the US’ Asia pivot

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

“After we reap the fruits of the [inclusion of Taiwan into the US’] Visa-Waiver Program — resuming TIFA talks and proceeding with several major arms sales — we need to do something in the next four years … to demonstrate to the US that we will be a positive partner in its Asia policy,” Huang said.

On the economic front, Taiwan has to make sure it will have successful dialogue under the TIFA auspice, continue to liberalize its economy to make it eligible to meet TPP requirements and work on signing an FTA with the US, Huang said.

Militarily, Taiwan needs to maintain and strengthen its self-defense abilities as it prepares to transform its compulsory military service system into a full volunteer force to reflect its strong resolve to be a US defense partner, he said.

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