The US supports cross-strait military confidence-building measures (CBM), but there is no policy of actively promoting them, a Washington roundtable discussion was told on Tuesday.
Alan Romberg, director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center, said that Beijing maintained a large missile force opposite Taiwan to deter independence.
“Even though I believe the possibility of any Taiwan leadership moving towards de jure independence is somewhere between zero and minus-70, Beijing fears the consequences of saying that it would not use force in any circumstances,” Romberg said.
“Until the day of unification the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] is going to be required to maintain the capability to deal with any move toward independence,” he said.
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