Taiwan, U.S. need to cooperate for cross-strait peace: U.S. scholar

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Ian Easton (second right), analyst from the U.S. think tank Project 2049 Institute

Ian Easton (second right), analyst from the U.S. think tank Project 2049 Institute

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Cooperation between Taiwan and the United States is needed to maintain the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait, a visiting U.S. scholar told Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers on Friday.

Ian Easton, an analyst from the U.S. think tank Project 2049 Institute, said that a military clash across the Taiwan Strait can be avoided as long as Taiwan and the U.S. work together.

He said China's People's Liberation Army currently has a lot of respect for Taiwan's military, reiterating something he has argued in the past, citing internal Chinese documents he managed to obtain.

As long as the U.S. continues to help boost Taiwan's defense capabilities, a military clash can be avoided, he contended, but if Taiwan is too weak and the U.S. is not supportive of Taiwan, then the situation could take a turn for the worse.

Easton has been a longtime supporter of enhanced Taiwan-U.S. ties. Speaking at a seminar on Thursday, he called for U.S. and Taiwan to move toward normalizing diplomatic ties.

He recently published a book called "The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense and American Strategy in Asia" that was billed as saying China would invade Taiwan by 2020.

But Easton later said the book argued that China was preparing to use force against Taiwan but that it would not be able to do so successfully until 2020.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Kuan-lin Liu)

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