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Former Pentagon official calls on US to drop 'one China' slogan

Term conditional on China taking peaceful approach, but it has broken its promises: Schriver

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Project 2019 Institute Chairman Randall Schriver. 

Project 2019 Institute Chairman Randall Schriver.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The United States should stop talking about "one China," as the term is supposed to be conditional on China’s peaceful approach to Taiwan, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver said at a seminar Friday (Nov. 19).

The “one China” concept is based on the communist country’s peaceful handling of the “Taiwan issue.” However, as Beijing has torn up its promises and relentlessly threatens Taiwan, the U.S. no longer has an obligation to keep mentioning “one China,” Schriver argued, per CNA.

The former official, who chairs the Project 2049 Institute, made the remarks at a seminar organized by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a veteran pro-Taiwan Independence non-profit based in Washington, D.C.

Schriver called for the continued improvement of relations between the U.S. and Taiwan until the day both sides realize "normal" diplomatic relations. He also hopes Washington can move toward a free trade agreement with Taiwan and promote other issues Taiwan is interested in, CNA reported.