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Academic warns US not to sell fighter jets to Taiwan

BAD TIMING:Robert Sutter said China could react in an ‘extraordinary’ manner if the US sold jets to Taiwan, but other conference-goers did not share his sentiments

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

He said the circumstances causing the change were hard to predict and could involve “widespread violence well beyond the scope of accepted international behavior.”

Sutter said those most at risk were the countries in nearby Asia with salient differences with China over sovereignty and security issues.

“The absence of strong adverse foreign reactions to China’s assertiveness and the presence of broad domestic Chinese support for such actions strongly suggests more assertive Chinese approaches regarding security and sovereignty issues in the future,” he said.

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