|11/6/16 EPISODE 9 |
Can You Have Two Bulls in the China Shop?
| Since 1971, the
handling of the Taiwan question between the U.S. and China has depended
primarily upon finesse --sometimes a lack of written specification,
sometimes a verbal ambiguity, sometimes a infinite delay in resolution
of basic issues. Success has rested on three critical foundations: U.S.
agreement that there is only one China; recall of the U.S. Ambassador
from Taiwan, and the establishment of diplomatic relations with China.
Since then no American President has communicated directly with Taiwan's
Leaders, despite steady a economic and strategic relationship. |
Now both President Tsai Ing-wen and President-elect Donald Trump appear, for their own reasons, eager to shatter the delicate crockery of this arragngement, starting with a telephone conversation So, can the U.S./China relationship withstand not one but two bulls in the China shop?
You've been listening to Orient Espresso the weekly discussion of a headline issue in U.S. - China relations, between Dartmouth College historian Pamela Crossley & Norwich University international relations specialist Sarwar Kashmeri.
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