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President rebuts suggestion of Taiwan being 'Finlandized'

President rebuts suggestion of Taiwan being 'Finlandized'

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations is not oriented in a pro-China direction and that Taiwan is not being "Finlandized." He was responding to article titled "Not So Dire Straits" written by Bruce Gilley, an assistant professor at Portland State University, which appeared in the latest issue of "Foreign Affairs, " a bimonthly published by the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan organization. Gilley suggested that by choosing a pro-China path, Taiwan as a "junior" neighbor is under the influence of the more powerful China, like Finland was to the Soviet Union during the Cold War years.
Ma pointed out that while seeking reconciliation with China, Taiwan has maintained its defense capability, which he said is a different situation to Finland's position during the Cold War.
While the detente between Taiwan and China has relieved certain pressure upon the United States, Taiwan's security and the balance of military capability in the Taiwan Strait remain of major concern to the U.S. and there is constant communication on the issue between Taipei and Washington, according to the president.
(By Garfie Lee and Lillian Lin)




Updated : 2021-02-28 06:36 GMT+08:00