Professor says Xi signals a ‘respectful’ meeting with Taiwan’s next government

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 22, 2015
By: William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is signaling that he would be prepared to meet “respectfully” with a Taipei government that preserves the “status quo” on independence, a Harvard law professor said.

Harvard University professor of constitutional and international law Noah Feldman said in an essay for Bloomberg View that as China expands its regional military influence, its interest in keeping Taiwan close is greater than ever.

The message for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is clearly: “Don’t Rock the boat,” Feldman said.

“Xi’s increasingly populist, nationalist rhetoric requires him to keep a close eye on Taiwan,” he added.

He says that while the US and Europe have spent the last week focused on the Islamic State, the possibility of conflict between China and Taiwan “is far more dangerous to the world’s security.”     [FULL  STORY]

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