February 1, 2005
The cross-Strait dynamic is disturbing. While economic ties between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China have been increasing, the military relationship is spiraling downward, and introducing strains in relations with the United States in both Taipei and Beijing. The political relationship is troubled. The prospects for cross-Strait confidence building measures (CBM) will remain bleak as long as Beijing believes it is in its interest to make Taiwan feel insecure. Still, there are actions each side can take, unilaterally, and (at some point) bilaterally, to help minimize cross-Strait tensions.