18 June 2015
With Taiwan’s pro-independence party tipped to win next year’s presidential election, some analysts fear that could renew tensions in cross-strait relations and risk destabilizing Asia.
“It is time to start worrying about Taiwan … Old questions about Taiwan’s longer-term future are re-emerging, and so are old fears that differences over Taiwan could rupture U.S.-China relations and drive Asia to a major crisis,” said Hugh White, professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University.
Despite splitting ways amid a civil war in 1949, China continues to regard Taiwan as part of its territory and has never ruled out the use of force as an option to reunify the island of 23 million. Under the stewardship of Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, cross-strait ties have been on the mend and in recent years the two countries have developed closer economic dealings.
… “Tsai has been making the right noises. She has learnt the lessons from Chen Shui-bian so she would try to preserve economic relations while ensuring that Taiwan isn’t falling under the orbit of China,” Hoo Tiang Boon, assistant professor with the China Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, told CNBC.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 16/11/2015