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Mainland applauds Taiwan's Taiping drill (2)

(Global Times)

09:50, September 03, 2012

It is not that we want to shake off the mainland's responsibilities. Its comprehensive strength determines that the mainland must undertake the lion's share in such tasks. However, the mainland faces a complex strategic environment.

We understand Taiwan's special relationship with the US and the dilemma that Taiwan authorities face.

The US is using maritime territorial disputes to check the mainland's rise, and it does not want to see Taiwan help the mainland over territorial disputes in East Asia.

Nonetheless, Taiwan cannot remain as a bystander. It must look at the interests of the entire Chinese people, and act in the current island disputes in East Asia.

This drill on the Taiping Island comes at a good time. The mainland is building up its naval strength and reinforcing law enforcement in waters surrounding disputed islands. It is prepared for more possible frictions with regional countries in the future. In this process, actions by Taiwan like this drill will help stress Chinese claims.

Along with the growth of the mainland and the deepening of ties across the Taiwan Straits, Taiwan needs to change its habit of often being in lockstep with the US.

This is not a requirement by the mainland, but is prompted by the changing political landscape in the Asia-Pacific. Taiwan leaders should embrace this change.

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