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Ma may face questions on China stance: academic

‘OUT OF LINE’:A US professor says Washington may ask Taipei to detail its own claims to the South China Sea and join it in condemning Beijing’s belligerence

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

“Taiwan will in turn contribute to the peace, prosperity and stability in the Asian-Pacific region by further improving its relations with the states in the region and China and the US in particular,” he said.

“Although Taiwan has benefited greatly from the US rebalancing to Asia policy, Taiwan has to rely more on itself in the future while welcoming support from other states,” Chen added.

Besides promoting cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, Taiwan hopes to ride on the tide of Washington’s rebalance to participate in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific economic integration, Tamkang University associate professor Li Da-jung (李大中) said.

“This will not only allow Taiwan to avoid being marginalized, but will also have the symbolic meaning of breaking into new international fronts,” Li said.

“As for security and political aspects, Taiwan has been particularly concerned with whether Washington will factor Beijing’s attitude, or US-China ties, in living up to its security commitment to Taiwan,” he said.

“Taiwan wants to make sure that it will not be sacrificed and its interests undermined when the US is pushing its rebalancing strategy with full speed,” Li added.

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