Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Blowing the Whistle

The confusion was evident. Defense (11/10/04) said, “President Chen Shui-bian said Taiwan was willing to guarantee not to develop or use nuclear, biological or chemical weapons across the strait and urged Beijing to reciprocate.” On the other hand, Taiwan (11/12/04) showed Chiou describing Chen Shui-bian as having issued this “unilateral and unconditional commitment” to dash “ridiculous rumors” floated at home alleging that the DPP government “was considering developing nuclear weapons to achieve mutually assured deterrence.” Meanwhile, a scholar, Yuan I, at the Institute of International Relations of National Chengchi University, raised the idea of turning Taiwan into a nuclear-free zone. (CNA News/11/04/2004)

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