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Taiwan's move toward independence

I would like to commend the author of the article ``Taiwan Voters Show a Mixed Willingness to Anger Beijing,'' Dec. 5.

It presented the issues lucidly and in a way understandable to the reader. One central issue is the growing visibility of the demand for formal independence, and the continuing rhetoric from Beijing, hopefully bluster more than military threat.

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Having worked with the democratic movement since the late-1970s, and with the Democratic Progressive Party in the 1990s, I feel this issue is not well understood in the United States, partly because of the lingering effects of the old China lobby and because China looms so large in US foreign policy.

But the direction of the future development is clear: Taiwan will move toward a recognized position in the international community, buttressed by its economic weight. Linda Gail Arrigo, Vestal, N.Y.

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