Promoting Cross-Strait Stability: Avoiding Catastrophe

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In this op-ed piece that appeared in CSIS PacNet Newsletter, Alan D. Romberg argues that the anti-secession law to be passed by National People’s Congress of China could seriously escalate tensions across Taiwan Strait and threaten vital US national security interests. An excerpt is provided below.

While US policymakers and the U.S. public are focused on incipient nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea, a far more suble challenge to U.S. national security interests involving an established nuclear power looms elsewhere. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan are apparently determined to measure up to Abba Eban’s famous quip about Palestinians: they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. While both claim to embrace creative and flexible approaches to their relations, in fact each insists on rigid, mutually incompatable demands that promise not only to squander chances to improve cross-Strait ties, but to actually blunder into an escalation of tensions. If so, this would also threaten vital U.S. national security interests.

To read the entire op-ed, click on the PDF link above.

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