September 12th, 2013
09:14 AM ET

Don’t abandon Taiwan for better China ties

By Abraham Denmark and Tiffany Ma, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Abraham M. Denmark is vice president for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), and previously served as Country Director for China Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Tiffany Ma is a project manager at NBR. The views expressed are their own.

According to Chinese media, Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan arrived in Washington last month to meet U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel with a grand bargain in mind: that Beijing would adjust its military deployments along the Taiwan Strait if the United States ended arms sales to Taiwan. Although a Chinese official reportedly claimed that Hagel had a positive response to the suggestion of forming a working group to explore this proposal, Washington quickly dismissed concerns that this might represent a change in U.S. policy toward Taiwan. Yet even after the media flames are doused, this proposal will likely encourage a small but growing contingent within the U.S. academic community that sees downgrading U.S. obligations to Taiwan as a justifiable trade for improved U.S.-China relations.

To be sure, this was not the first time that China has pushed such a proposal, and it certainly won’t be China’s last word on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. Nonetheless, Washington has robust reasons to stand firm on its commitments to Taiwan and to disregard any such proposals that may come from Beijing.


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Topics: China • Taiwan • United States
December 6th, 2012
11:25 AM ET

Why the U.S. shouldn't abandon Taiwan

By Denny Roy, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Dr. Denny Roy is a senior research fellow in Asian security issues with the East-West Center in Honolulu. The views expressed are his own.

China is the next superpower, the United States is in decline, and America needs to get on China’s good side. So say many analysts who have recently argued that in order to gain favor with Beijing, Washington should stop supporting Taiwan.

The U.S. support at stake here includes two explicit policies and one implied policy.

Since Taiwan cannot keep up with China’s massive military expansion, the United States sells arms to Taiwan.  Washington also insists that any settlement of the Taiwan sovereignty issue must be agreeable to Taiwan’s people, not forced on them by Beijing.  Finally, China understands that U.S. forces might intervene if Taiwan came under military attack.

The argument for abandoning Taiwan may be superficially appealing in its cold-blooded logic.  But it is terribly wrong.


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China and Taiwan vie for a piece of Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin warms up before the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers in New York last week.
February 16th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

China and Taiwan vie for a piece of Jeremy Lin

Editor's Note: The following text is from GlobalPost, which provides excellent coverage of world news – importantmoving and just odd.

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In China, nearly a million and a half microblogging messages posted recently mention Asian basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, The New York Times reported, marking a groundswell of interest in the latest sports phenomenon.

The 6-foot-3-inch point guard was mostly sidelined by his New York Knicks basketball team until a recent chance opportunity on courtshot him to stardom a week and a half ago. Lin has now scored a stunning 27 points and 11 assists over a six-game stretch, including athree-pointer in the final moments of a tight New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors game on Tuesday night that secured the Knicks another team win.

But basketball's latest wonderboy may now find himself caught in a competition of a different sort, as both China and Taiwan seek to claim the Asian-American as one of their own. Lin's parents were born in Taiwan, but Communist Party officials in China claim his origins lie in the eastern Chinese city of Jiaxing. FULL POST

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Topics: China • Sports • Taiwan