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Taiwan's future hinges on 'who uses time better': Richard Haass

Ex-diplomat calls for island to consider drills with U.S. and Japan

Naval officers stand on a frigate at a base in Taiwan's Penghu Islands. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he will never renounce the use of force to unify Taiwan with the mainland.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- How the situation in the Taiwan Strait unfolds over the coming decade will depend on whether China or Taiwan, the U.S. and Japan use "time better," American foreign policy expert Richard Haass recently told Nikkei.

Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, said he did not expect China to start a conflict in 2023 but warned that the "dangerous moment" could come "sometime later in this decade."

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