- - Monday, October 23, 2017


Last week during his keynote speech to the Communist Party National Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping said any attempt to separate Taiwan from China would be thwarted, and he called for the return of Taiwan to Chinese control (“Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against ‘grim’ challenges,” Web, Oct. 18). But China needs to understand that Taiwan is a sovereign state and the island’s 23 million people absolutely have the right to decide their own future.

Taiwan’s democratic system is a core value of the island, and the United States has an enduring interest in cross-Strait peace and stability based on the three joint communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. I hope that President Donald Trump will not use Taiwan as a bargaining chip to strengthen relations with Beijing or issue a new joint communique when he visits China in November.



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