By: Miao Zong-han and Chung Yu-chen
Taipei, March 2 (CNA) A U.S. scholar warned of a possible cross-Taiwan Strait crisis around 2020 as he believes China’s pressure campaign against Taiwan could intensify in the lead-up to and immediately following Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election.
Michael S. Chase, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, made the comment in an article titled “Averting a Cross-Strait Crisis” published on the website of the Council on Foreign Relations, a U.S. think tank, on Feb. 26.
China responded to Tsai’s refusal to endorse its approach to the 1992 Consensus by implementing a multifaceted pressure campaign to punish and coerce Taiwan into being more compliant, he noted.
The “1992 consensus” refers to a tacit agreement reached in 1992 between the then Kuomintang (KMT) government of Taiwan and Chinese communist officials that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge there is only “one China.” [FULL STORY]