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A Dangerous New Policy Toward Taiwan?

Two proposed policy changes make a military confrontation in the Taiwan Strait more, not less, likely.

3:07 PM, Dec 2, 2003 • By GARY SCHMITT and WILLIAM KRISTOL
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We hope the Bush administration will pull back from this catastrophic change of course. The Clinton administration bent to China on the issue of Taiwan as well, but never as dangerously as senior Bush administration officials are now proposing. Nor so immorally. Taiwan is a thriving democracy. The Beijing government remains a tyranny. Will the Bush administration stifle democracy in Taiwan--actually demanding that it not hold popular votes--to curry favor with the dictatorship?

--William Kristol & Gary Schmitt