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By: TNL Daily News
A group of U.S.-based China academics urged U.S. President Donald Trump in a report published on Tuesday to help Taiwan develop asymmetrical warfare capabilities in the face of potential Chinese aggression.
The report, released by the Asia Society’s Task Force on U.S.-China policy, advised Trump to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in its response to an expansionist Beijing while also remaining open to dialogue and cooperation with China.
It comes on a busy day for cross-Strait policy talk. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which serves as a de facto unofficial U.S. embassy, reaffirmed its refusal to support a referendum on Taiwanese independence in opposition to a proposed plebiscite from the pro-independence Formosa Alliance. In response, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Taiwan would be cautious in handling referendum measures.
Meanwhile, foreign minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) reiterated that unification with China is not an option for Taiwan in an interview with Deutsche Welle. [FULL STORY]