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U.S. urged to enhance ties with Taiwan in dealings with Pyongyang

2017/12/03 21:47:51

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Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) The United States should improve its efforts to get China to cooperate in reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, a former U.S. official said recently, suggesting that the U.S. can start by deepening its ties with Taiwan.

Joseph Bosco, a fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies, published an article titled "There have to be consequences for China" on RealClearWorld on Nov. 29.

Bosco said that the latest missile test conducted by North Korea on Nov. 28 showed that China "has not delivered on North Korea" as Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has promised U.S. President Donald Trump.

Instead, China "continues to deliver for North Korea," undermining the sanctions it voted for in the United Nations Security Council, he said.

China has parlayed its recognized leverage over North Korea into actual leverage over the West and that has granted China invaluable immunity regarding its own violations of international law and norms on trade, currency, intellectual property, human rights, Taiwan, and maritime and aviation security, Bosco said.

When it comes to those issues, the West's hands are tied because it needs China's cooperation in the face of threat posed by North Korea, Bosco said, adding that efforts to address the North Korea issue "must now be directed at China."

"We still do need China on North Korea, but Washington needs to up its game to get that critical cooperation," said Bosco who served as China country director in the office of the secretary of defense from 2005 and 2006,

The U.S. can "start by picking up the Taiwan thread" Trump pulled on when he accepted a telephone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) about a year ago to congratulate on his election victory, Bosco said.

In taking the call, Trump has warned China that "he does not regard as sacrosanct the 'one China policy'," let alone care for Beijing's distorted "one China principle" that claims that Taiwan belongs to China, he said.

There are myriad ways the administration can do to upgrade and deepen relationships between the U.S. and Taiwan on diplomatic, economic and military fronts, he said.

For example, Bosco said that more frequent interactions between the two countries and visits to each other's side by higher level officials is essential.

Despite the warm personal chemistry that has developed between Xi and Trump since their mutual visits to each other, Trump should make it clear to Xi that "we hold his government's policies responsible for allowing the situation to come to this," Bosco said.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Shih Hsiu-chuan)