Want China Times
By: Chen Chun-shuo and Staff Reporter
China has reclassified the Taiwan issue as an issue of “national security” as
opposed to its former classification as an “internal issue,” said Tsai Yu-tai, director of National Chung Cheng University’s Institute of Strategic and International Affairs.
Professor Tsai made the statement during a seminar on May 20 on cross-strait issues focusing on China upgrading Taiwan’s issue to the level of national security.
Huang Wei-feng, an associate research fellow of Academia Sinica’s Institute of European and American Studies, said that Asian countries have started to adopt a policy of regional integration, which will lead many of them to rely on China for their own economic development, while relying on the US to guarantee their security.
Huang said that by upgrading the Taiwan issue to a national security level, China is putting pressure on the US and Japan to respond and make promises on regional security issues. This grants Taiwan a greater strategic value, according to Huang. [FULL STORY]