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Taiwan should advance ties with China, U.S. simultaneously: scholar
Central News Agency
2014-04-19 10:55 PM
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) In light of the current state of U.S.-China-Taiwan interactions, Taiwan should try to maintain a balance in its efforts to advance relations with China and the U.S., a local academic said Saturday. Cheng Tuan-yao, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations (IIR) of National Chengchi University, made the remarks at a forum to discuss U.S.-China-Taiwan relations after the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act on April 10. Cheng said that while overall relations between Taiwan and the U.S. have been relatively stable, trade between the two countries has dropped and the number of Taiwan's students studying in U.S. is on the decline. The failure to reach an agreement at the recently concluded Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting between U.S. and Taiwan trade authorities also showed that there is no reason for optimism about bilateral relations, Cheng added. In the future, the development of Taiwan-U.S. relations will depend on China-U.S. ties, which will remain competitive, cooperative and uncertain, he said. However, because of its geo-strategy, the U.S. will not withdraw its support for Taiwan, but that support will be limited, Cheng said. In addition, the U.S. will not confront Taiwan, he said. While working to improve its relations with the U.S., Taiwan should also strengthen ties with China and other countries and seek to join regional economic blocs, Chen said. (Chou Yi-ling and Evelyn Kao)
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