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PacNet #14 – Taiwan Should Exercise Restraint in Reacting to the Challenge of China’s Anti-Secession Law

The Anti-Secession Law (ASL) that China’s National People’s Congress passed March 14 has single-handedly transformed the security equation in East Asia and the political atmosphere in Taiwan. (Whether it is a unilateral change in the status quo depends on one’s definition.) Now, the question is how Taiwan will react. So far, the government of Chen Shui-bian has responded with restraint. And that, I believe, is good. Taiwan best protects its interests and the status quo by not overreacting to China’s provocation.