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The status quo in the Taiwan Strait is edging toward conflict. Here’s how to stop it (Steven M. Goldstein, Brookings)

In December 2003 during his meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the White House, then U.S. President George Bush said that the United States opposed “any unilateral decision by either China or Taiwan to change the status quo.” Nearly two decades later, that message hasn’t changed. At the end of last month, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is reported to have made it “crystal clear” in his talks with Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi that the United States opposes any unilateral change to the status quo.

The status quo in the Taiwan Strait is edging toward conflict. Here’s how to stop it. (brookings.edu)