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China’s security White Paper ignores Taiwan

16th January 2017 - 01:50 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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In the latest edition of China’s White Paper, ‘China’s Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation,’ Taiwan is as conspicuously invisible as the Cheshire Cat.

Released by the State Council Information Office on 11 January, the document’s failure to mention the self-governing island of 24 million could be that it is an internal affair of China and ‘not a matter of discussion with anyone,’ said Moscow-based Vasiliy Kashin, one of the authors of the book, Shooting Star: China’s Military Machine in the 21st Century.

Of all the countries and complex security concerns mentioned in the White Paper, including North Korea, the

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Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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