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China-Taiwan: Risk of war 'near zero'

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20 May 2013 09:29

This is one of those interviews that I wish could have gone longer.

Former Taiwan Deputy Defence Minister Dr Chong-Pin Lin visited the Lowy Institute last week for a roundtable with China experts from around Sydney, and he was kind enough to agree to this short chat. Dr Lin has a mild-mannered style of delivery, but his judgments are striking. He says the risk of China-Taiwan conflict is 'close to zero', that Taiwan's best hope of self-defence is to adopt the strategy of the Iraqi insurgency, and that the Taiwanese media's growing links with China are a concern for Taiwan's democracy.

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