Time to review US, China ties: ex-AIT chair

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 16, 2018
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

If Taiwan wishes to find a balance in its relationship with the US and China, it should

Former American Institute in Taiwan chairman Richard Bush speaks to the media at a conference about Taiwanese transitional justice in Washington on April 25.  Photo: CNA

consider whether to adjust its cross-strait policy or make economic concessions to the US, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) chairman Richard Bush said in an interview that was broadcast yesterday.

Bush, who served as AIT chairman from 1997 to 2002, said in an interview with POP Radio that Taiwan needs to address some serious questions amid shifts in the fundamental reality of cross-strait relations.

“First of all, it seems that China will no longer rely so much on conservative political forces within Taiwan to advance its interests. It seems that Chinese power to intimidate Taiwan is growing. If that is true, which I believe is true, should Taiwan adjust its mainland policy to something significantly different from before? If so, in what way?” Bush said.    [FULL  STORY]

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