U.S.-Taiwan ties unchanged following elections: experts

Washington, Dec. 4 (CNA) The United States will continue to maintain a strong relationship with Taiwan despite a shift in Taiwan's political map following elections for local government offices, U.S. scholars and foreign affairs experts said Tuesday.Speaking at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Taiwan-America Studies (ITAS), David Brown, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, expected that the U.S. will maintain strong ties with Taiwan despite Taiwan's new political map after the Nov. 24 polls.China, however, might need to consider whether to adjust its attitude toward Taiwan and whether it should continue to pressure it after the election resulted in an outcome welcomed by Beijing, Brown said.China is likely to step up exchanges with the cities and counties controlled by members of the election's big winner, the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT), but it will likely proceed cautiously and under the framework of the "one China principle," Brown said.
Shannon Tiezzi, editor-in-chief of The Diplomat, was also of the opinion that Taiwan-U.S. relations will not change after the elections.She argued, however, that Taiwan, like many other countries in the region, will be even more deeply caught between China and the U.S.President Tsai Ing-wen has opted to embrace the Indo-Pacific Strategy crafted by the U.S. and put forth a "New Southbound Policy," Tiezzi said, but the election results this time around could potentially influence the policy.