Tough choices await Beijing after Taiwan’s election: US expert

Want China Times
Date: 2015-09-15
By: CNA and Staff Reporter

The real test of cross-strait relations will begin after Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election if the new government does not accept the 1992 Consensus, an American expert said Monday.

David Brown, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, said if Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party is elected — as expected — Beijing will be confronted with many difficult choices.

One of them will be whether to stick with the policy of peaceful development or shift to a military-focused coercion approach, Brown said during a discussion on “Taiwan’s 2016 Elections and the United States” held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a major think tank in Washington DC.

“I don’t know the answer to that question, in part because I don’t know I fully understand the man that is going to make the decision, which is Xi Jinping,” Brown said.     [FULL  STORY]

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