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INTERVIEW: US supports Taiwan, China dialogue: Campbell

Denying that US and China are co-managing issues involving Taiwan, Kurt Campbell, former US assistant secretary of State and current chairman and chief executive officer of the Asia Group, said in a recent interview with ‘Liberty Times’ (sisterpaper of the ‘Taipei Times’) staff reporter Nadia Tsao that the US would like to see more dialogue and engagement between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. He also emphasized that no country is forced to choose between the US and China, adding that countries that are able to maintain good relations with both the US and China are actually doing better than those who choose just one side

LT: When US officials talk about rebalancing in Asia, they barely mentioned Taiwan in their speeches. Has Taiwan been left out?

Campbell: Taiwan has been mentioned and we continue to highlight a strong unofficial relationship.

I would simply say that if you look back over the last couple of years, there have been strong reassurances like the specific six reassurances. There have also been numbers of speeches.

I think much of that should be seen as reassurances, strong support for dialogue between China and Taiwan and strong support for unofficial relations between Washington and Taipei. And we’ve taken the steps not just on the political security side, but also on the economic side, the people-to-people side.

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