China has ‘lost’ Taiwan, academic tells conference

’CONSTRAINED’:Taiwan’s defense capability, the US deterrent and Taiwan’s deep economic ties to the rest of the world could limit China’s options, Michael Mazza said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 17, 2016
By: William Lowther / Staff reporter in Washington

China has effectively “lost Taiwan,” a researcher told a conference in Washington on Wednesday.

“Willing, peaceful, unification is out of the question — certainly in the near term and most likely in the medium term as well,” said Michael Mazza, a research fellow in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

He said there was little interest in Taiwan for a “one country two-systems” arrangement and that for the young Taiwanese the idea that China and Taiwan were part of “one China” was “increasingly an anachronism.”

Addressing a Heritage Foundation conference on “Taiwan in international organizations” Mazza said that the more Taiwan regularly interacts with other countries the more other countries are likely to care about Taiwan’s fate.     [FULL  STORY]

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