Another reason China probably does not want Taiwan immediately is that unification would likely be seen as a victory for the military; civilian leaders want to keep the military under control. (Many think it has become a loose cannon of late.) Chinese leaders feel that Taiwan will eventually want unification because of China’s economic attraction and that would be a better way of solving the problem.It's good to see some pushback against the short-sighted notion that the US should abandon Taiwan to please Beijing, as if Beijing would stay pleased for more than thirty seconds. As a longtime KMT supporter, Copper's position also shows the complexities and contradictions of academic positioning on key Taiwan issues -- arguing on the one hand that the US should support Taiwan and help keep it out of Chinese hands while on the other supporting the Party that officially wants to annex Taiwan to China.
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