Glaser said that for “a few years” support for Taiwan in the US Congress had been “a little on the down side,” but that it had picked up recently.
“There are a lot of individuals in Congress now who are willing to work on some of these issues and that helps,” she said.
Greater flexibility on Taiwan’s international space was something that Xi may be convinced to “consider,” Glaser said.
“Ultimately, if he wants to develop the cross-strait relationship this is an opportunity and a way to do that and the downside is not as great as China has feared in the past,” she said.
“This is not something that China should fear — there is a lot more upside than downside,” she said.
Glaser said it was in US interests to stand up more to China on the issue.
“We need to be a leader and we should be standing up for our rights and our values,” she said.
“There is growing angst in this country that our relationship with China is so important that we should not be challenging China on specific issues,” Glaser said. “But when it comes to our own interests and values we shouldn’t hesitate to stand up for them.”