Taiwan needs to prepare for Chinese aggression: academic

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 28, 2017
By: Peng Wan-hsin / Staff reporter

China will not make concessions even if Taiwan takes a non-provocative attitude toward it, National Chung Cheng University College of Social Sciences dean Soong Hseik-wen (宋學文) said on Saturday, adding that Taiwan should bolster its national defense, technology, economic and trade abilities to withstand Beijing’s attempts at bringing Taiwan into its fold, an academic told a forum on Saturday.

Soong made the remarks at an academic conference held by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

Panelists including former National Security Council deputy secretary-general Parris Chang (張旭成), former minister of national defense Michael Tsai (蔡明憲), Taiwan Association for Strategic Simulation president James Liu (劉湘濱) and others discussed President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) foreign policy.

Most of the academics said Tsai’s attitude toward Beijing has been forbearing, hoping to win more diplomatic opportunities in the cross-strait relations.
However, China is clearly not appreciative of these efforts, they said.

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