MAC forecasts continued strong links between China, U.S.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Sunday that although U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has accused China of currency manipulation and unfair trade policies, this will not stop Beijing from developing links with the power brokers in Washington.

Beijing will actively seek contact with the new U.S. administration “in an attempt to develop a new structure and system of interaction” between the two countries, the MAC said in an assessment of the impact of the recent U.S. presidential and congressional elections on Taiwan.

It said China will also try to “control the interpretation of important issues” to influence the U.S.’ views on cross-strait issues.

In a written report that will be presented Monday to the legislative Foreign and National Defense Committee, the MAC said China will try to shape the Trump administration’s perception of cross-strait issues in a bid to increase the pressure on Taiwan.

Trump, a business billionaire without any political, military or diplomatic experience, won the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8 against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Since then, political commentators and government agencies in Taiwan have been trying to assess the political and economic effects of Trump presidency’s on Taiwan.

The legislative committee has invited relevant ministries and government departments to present their respective assessments on the issue at a hearing on Monday.

Other written reports have been sent to the Legislature, including one from the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC), which expressed concern over a possible decline in the number of Taiwanese students admitted to the U.S.

If the Trump administration decides to reduce the number of work visas granted to foreign nationals, Taiwanese students will have fewer opportunities to remain in the U.S. and work there after graduation, the OCAC said.

This could make the U.S. less attractive as a study destination for Taiwanese students, the OCAC said, noting that Trump had advocated during his election campaign a tightening of U.S. immigration policy.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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