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US arms sales must continue: Schriver

CHANGING WORLD:The former US politician said that based on a softening in cross-strait relations the US had become complacent about the direction of Taiwan

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

If there were to be talks between the US and China about Taiwan, they should start with discussions about the security environment in the Taiwan Strait, he said.

“Why doesn’t China recognize that the situation is changing and that the security dynamic is different, and unilaterally reduce the buildup?” Schriver asked.

Ultimately, he said, China was concerned about the political direction of Taiwan and wanted to keep a military option, not only for coercion, but for actual military operations, if, in the future they “think they need to do it.”

China’s ultimate objective for Taiwan — unification — “is not getting closer, it’s getting further away,” Schriver said.

Asked about Chinese reports of talks with Washington about arms sales to Taiwan, US Department of State spokesperson Jennifer Psaki said on Thursday that arms sales would continue consistent with US commitments under the TRA.

“We believe this long-standing policy contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, but there is no change to our ‘one China’ policy, which is based on the three joint communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act,” she said.

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