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Pros and cons: "Mainland China is our largest land of opportunities, but they are the largest single, potential source of threat for us," says Shen Lyu-shun, Taiwan's top representative to the U.S. (Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times)

Pros and cons: "Mainland China is our largest land of opportunities, but they are the largest single, potential source of threat for us," says Shen Lyu-shun, Taiwan's top representative to the U.S. (Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times)

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