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PacNet #58 – We’re all Taiwanese Now

TAIPEI: A series of meetings in Taiwan gave me the opportunity to assess the mood on the island – and it’s much as expected. Cross-strait relations are perhaps the best they’ve ever been, but there is mounting concern about the future, with both short- and long-term worries. Short-term questions are in large part the product of approaching elections on the island. Longer-term questions focus on relations with China and the United States. None of the answers is especially reassuring.