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December 1, Washington, D.C., The Monocle

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and Professor Ralph Clough of SAIS discussed the question of whether the U.S. can avoid entanglement in the Taiwan issue. Ambassador John Holdridge participated as the moderator of the roundtable lecture and delivered a first-hand account of the evolution of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the 1982 Shanghai Communique. Dr. Campbell examined the challenges the TRA poses to American foreign policy while Professor Clough presented the perspectives from Taiwan and China on the issue. During a question and answer session each speaker gave several recommendations on how the U.S. could shape its policy in the near future.
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