But the lack of big protests doesn’t mean that more
Taiwanese want closer ties with China, analysts say.
“The best one could say is that a muting of protests
would reflect a maturing of attitudes in Taiwan, and a greater willingness to
listen and to express concerns in a less confrontational way,” said Alan
Romberg, East Asia Program director at The Stimson Centre, a Washington-based
think tank. “But it would not mean that those concerns have
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