The EastWest Institute released its groundbreaking report on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Threading the Needle: Proposals for U.S. and Chinese Actions on Arms Sales to Taiwan, at a launch event in Washington D.C. on September 12, 2013.
The authors of the report—Piin-Fen Kok, Director of EWI’s China, East Asia, and United States program, and David J. Firestein, Perot Fellow and Vice President for EWI’s Strategic Trust-Building Initiative and Track 2 Diplomacy—presented their findings and analysis to a gathering of Congressional staff and experts from various organizations and think tanks.
Perot, Firestein, Kok, Andrew Nagorski and Michael Chertoff
EWI Chairman Ross Perot, Jr. and former Secretary of Homeland Security and EWI Board member Michael Chertoff hailed the report in their opening remarks. “I think what’s remarkable about this report is it does come up with a creative way that each of the parties has recognized has value, that will enable us perhaps to get to the next level and honor all the commitments that the various parties have, but in a way that diffuses tension and allows us to move forward in a way that’s peaceful,” said Chertoff.
Perot expressed hope that the ideas put forward in the report will translate into action, noting that EWI’s history shows that “we can take these projects, take these strategies, work with the governments of the world, and hopefully bring it to a conclusion and make the world a little bit safer one step at a time.”
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