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Former security adviser calls for balanced ties with China, U.S.

Former security adviser calls for balanced ties with China, U.S.

San Francisco, May 27 (CNA) Balancing relations with China and the United States is crucial to Taiwan's survival between the two superpowers, former National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi said Thursday.
Su told Taiwanese reporters during a visit to San Francisco that Taiwan's relations with China and the United States seriously worsened after the now-opposition Democratic Progressive Party came to power in 2000.
Since his inauguration in 2008, President Ma Ying-jeou of the ruling Kuomintang has been seeking to rebuild trust with Washington and develop a new relationship based on trust with Beijing, according to Su.
To this end, he said, Ma has avoided making any moves that could take Washington and Beijing by surprise, has kept Taiwan-U.S.
interaction low-key and has refrained from boasting about breakthroughs achieved in Taiwan's relations with China and the United States.
Among these breakthroughs mentioned by Su are the resumption of dialogue across the Taiwan Strait, visits to Taiwan by China's top negotiator Chen Yunlin, Taiwan's humanitarian aid to China in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and permission for a flight over U.S. airspace by a Taiwanese military aircraft transporting relief supplies to quake-stricken Haiti.
On criticism that the Ma administration is excessively leaning toward China, Su said it is keeping just the right pace -- not too fast and not too slow.
He said Taiwan has to watch every step it takes because it is obviously inferior to China in terms of national strength. While taking advantage of China's vast market potential, Taiwan must also be vigilant to the threat posed by China, he added.
"Maximizing opportunities and minimizing threats has always been the policy of the Ma administration," Su explained.
He said it is understandable that Taiwan's increased reliance on China is raising concerns among some quarters in Taiwan. However, Taiwan must not be defeated by such a sense of fear but should instead deal with China properly and pragmatically, Su said.
(By Leaf Chiang and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-03-07 17:50 GMT+08:00