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Trump-Kim Summit’s impact on cross-strait ties uncertain

2018-06-11
  • Singapore beefs up security

    Singapore beefs up security

    Singapore has beefed up security around the hotel where North Korean leader Kim Jung-un is staying ahead of his planned meeting with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday. (CNA photo)

Taiwanese lawmakers have differing views on how the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will impact cross-strait ties.

 

The two leaders are set to meet in Singapore on Tuesday.

 

Speaking at the legislature on Monday, opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Chiang Chi-chen said Taiwan will face even more severe challenges. He called on Taiwan’s national security officials to come up with a contingency plan to deal with uncertainties.

 

“The results of the summit will definitely affect cross-strait relations in the future because of the wrangling between Beijing and Washington. Even if there is reconciliation during the talks, I believe that they are thinking about their own national interests and future roles. That’s because the changes on the Korean Peninsula not only involve the two Koreas, but also China, the United States and Russia as well. Our national security team must prepare for different scenarios," said Chiang. 

 

However, ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Lawmaker Lo Chih-cheng said there is no immediate danger in the Taiwan Strait. Lo said the latest developments on the Korean peninsula could further underline Taiwan’s strategic importance.

 

“After all, both Trump and Kim are unpredictable. So a precise judgement cannot be made until the final results of the summit are clear. It is undeniable that the Asia-Pacific region has entered a volatile moment. The future lies in the interaction between superpowers and it will also affect how leaders reshape their strategies," said Lo.