China's new strategy is to derail Taiwan's economy: academic

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Song Xinning (宋新寧, second left)

Song Xinning (宋新寧, second left)

Brussels, March 7 (CNA) Beijing has changed its strategy of helping Taiwan to prosper alongside China's economic growth and instead is now trying to impoverish Taiwan to make it more dependent on mainland China, a Chinese academic said Tuesday.

China's policy toward Taiwan has clearly been to do everything it can to stop any Taiwan independence campaign, said Song Xinning (宋新寧), director of the European Institute for Asian Studies, at a seminar on "The Trump Presidency: Implications for Northeast Asia."

If there are no independence moves by Taiwan, there will be no problems in cross-Taiwan Strait relations, Song said at the seminar, which was aimed at making an initial assessment of how much change is likely to come out of the U.S.-Japan alliance during Trump's first term and examining the broader implications for regional security dynamics in Northeast Asia.

In an interview with CNA on the sidelines of the forum, Song expanded on his comments, saying that there is a growing call in China for efforts to derail Taiwan's economy, which is closely linked to China's.

Those who are making the proposal think that it would be in the China's interest to wreck Taiwan's economy, he said.

Some Chinese academics are also of the opinion that Taiwan would not appreciate further preferential treatment and have noted that China already has a huge trade deficit with Taiwan, Song said.

Furthermore, there is an argument that no matter how successful pro-green Taiwanese businesses in China become, they will remain supporters of Taiwan independence, he said.

Meanwhile, in the East and South China Sea, Beijing's policy is to maintain the status quo, Song said.

On the question of possible changes to China-Taiwan-U.S. relations under the Trump administration, Song said the U.S. will try to maintain the balance of its China policy based on the "one China and three joint communiques" and its Taiwan policy based on the "Taiwan Relations Act."

Such an approach would be in the best interests of the U.S., so Trump is unlikely to veer off course, Song said.

(By Tang Pei-chun and S.C. Chang)
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