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Greitens Quoted in Piece on U.S.-Taiwan Relations

Mar 29, 2021 |

In a recent Newsweek article, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, discussed a recently proposed bill on U.S.-Taiwan relations. This bill, which was introduced by two Republican congressmen, moves to scrap the U.S.’ one-China policy by establishing formal relations with Taiwan. This would constitute a major, although un-enforceable, policy reversal from a practice that has been in place since 1979. Greitens comments focused on some seemingly erroneous comments made in the bill relating to the history of the struggle for democratization in Taiwan. Greitens also discussed the importance of wording in U.S. policy towards China and Taiwan as minor adjustments can have major policy repercussions. Greitens further noted that the Biden administration has made slight wording errors in other recent Asia policy statements, again emphasizing the necessity of precise language. Recognizing these important distinctions, she argued, is not only a crucial means of sending accurate diplomatic signals, but also of properly informing the American public so that they can engage in meaningful discussions about the U.S.’ Asia policy. Read the full article here.

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