Q: Will President Bush’s stance on Taiwan undermine democracy in East Asia?

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No: Bush rightly rebuked Taiwan for recklessly tilting toward independence


In this excerpt taken from the January 19, 2004 edition of Insight on the News,  Alan Romberg discusses President Bush’s recent stance toward Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian and its affects on democracy in Taiwan.  Click here for full the full article. 

“One might wish he hadn’t done it with the Chinese premier at his side. But President George W. Bush’s public rebuke of Taiwan’s president, Chen Shui-bian, was the product of Chen’s failure to consult ahead of time or respond afterward to quiet efforts to cool his rhetoric and actions that threatened to raise tensions in the Taiwan Strait, endangering not only U.S. strategic national interests but democracy and prosperity in Taiwan and throughout the region.”


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