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Liberty Times: Addressing Taiwan's mainstream opinion

Liberty Times: Addressing Taiwan's mainstream opinion

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 5 of a daily roundup) The tilting toward China by the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou has aroused alarm among Taiwan's allies.
U.S. scholar Bruce Gilley wrote in the latest issue of "Foreign Affairs" that Finland ingratiated itself to the Soviet Union during the Cold War to keep from being swallowed.
As Taiwan has become "Finlandized" under Ma, Gilley suggested that the U.S. should stop its arms sales to Taiwan and that the country should be excluded from the list of U.S. allies in Asia.
Judging from the kowtowing of the Ma administration over the past year and a half, it might be more appropriate to say that the Ma administration is not only "Findlandizing" Taiwan, it is Sinicizing the island.
Gilley's suggestion of stopping arms sales to Taiwan is because continued sales would be like selling the arms to China to be used against the United States in the future.
The late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who had great insight into Taiwan's strategic location, referred to Taiwan as an unsinkable aircraft carrier.
This strategic importance means that the U.S. response to the Ma administration's tilt toward China should not be to exclude Taiwan from among its Asian allies, but to help maintain Taiwan's status quo of independence.
Even if the Ma administration is tilting toward China, the majority of Taiwanese people are still tilting toward independence.
U.S. scholars and government officials, while wary of the Ma administration, should address Taiwan's mainstream opinion correctly.
(By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-04-20 23:58 GMT+08:00