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灣研究院是在美國成立的台美人智庫型組織,從事與台灣過去及未來發展相關的研究。研究人員以研究志工身份從事不同領域之研究。研究心得將以研究報告及評論方式發表。





The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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China again violated “Statue Quote”

In order to keep peace across Taiwan Strait, the US government enforced so called “status quote “ to their Taiwan and China polices.   “No independence, no unification, no military attack” is the main objective of “status quote”.   The US government never officially defined and explained it.  However, “status quote” did draw several red lines regarding sovereignty and territory dispute between Taiwan and China.    The US government advised Taiwan not to officially declare independence and change nation’s name.  The US warned against China not to take any military attack against Taiwan to force unification.  Any political dispute should be settled peacefully.   As a democratic country, Taiwan government respected the United States’ position and would like to keep a close and friendly tie with US.   Even though the majority of Taiwanese has a strong desire to declare independence as a new nation, not to keep old name “Republic of China”; the Taiwan government still hesitated to take any drastic actions moving toward independence due to US’ objection.  On the other hand, China tried everything possible to threat Taiwan people and government.   China blocked Taiwan’s internal participation for many years.  In addition, China sent fighters and bomber to circle around Taiwan to show their military muscle and also openly interfere Taiwan’s elections.  As a matter of fact, China violated “status quote” quite often.   Most recent examples are China applied unprecedented pressure to World Health Organization to exclude Taiwan; and on May 24, 2018, forced Burkina Faso to sever tie with Taiwan.     After Taiwan lost its African ally, Burkina Faso, the multiple US congressmen immediately took to social media to express their concern and support for Taiwan.   Congressman Ted Yoho criticized China for its “two-faced aggression” and destabilizing the Taiwan Strait.  U.S. senator Marco Rubio called it regrettable and warned Beijing.   The next day, the Taiwan International Participation Act of 2018 was initiated by senators Cory Gardner and Edward Markey.   The bill instructs American representative in international organization to use the voice and vote of the United States to support Taiwan’s participation.  The U.S. State Department spokesperson accused China of changing the cross-Taiwan Strait status quote.  China undermined the framework that has enabled peace, stability, and development for decades.   President Tsai expressed regret over the severing of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Burkina Faso.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: May 31, 2018
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