Stimson in the News

Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes on Cross-Straits relations and the election

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You got it wrong if you thought the two words were the name of a political party, a campaign slogan or some love-and-peace catchall. There’s no profanity or even an exclamation mark. The two words that will determine whether China and Taiwan can keep peace after a new president takes office in May, following elections Saturday, are “1992 Consensus.” Add it now to your Asia Pacific vocabulary list.

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The opposition party president has pledged simply not to provoke Beijing or reverse deals reached under the 1992 Consensus. “What she has done is to indicate strongly that she would not upset what has been achieved under the 1992 Consensus or even to take positions that would directly contradict the underlying premises of the 1992 Consensus,” says Alan Romberg, East Asia Program director with Washington think tank the Stimson Center. But without more than that, China and Taiwan would stop talking in May.
 
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