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For Beijing, Washington's consistent policy in arms sales to Taiwan also tells the Chinese that it is still unrealistic to ask Washington to completely stop selling arms to Taiwan, and it has to live with it for the foreseeable future . Under Trump, U.S. arms sales are very likely to continue because the administration's policy in probusiness and in favor of creating jobs for American workers. Actually, after just a few months in office, the Trump administration announced a new arms sales package to Taiwan. The issue could lead to a new round of competition between Washington and Beijing. Despite the lack of a clear Taiwan policy in the Trump administration, conservative members of the U.S. Congress could take the initiative to drive the relationship and become a source of conflict. These members have already introduced new bills similar to the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act introduced a few years ago in Congress to force the administration to upgrade U.S.-Taiwan relations.36 Although the prospects of these bills becoming law are weak, it could affect Trump's conduct in his China policy and policy toward cross-Strait relations. 5. Conclusion The United States and China have different views on the current "cold peace" or hardening stalemate across the Taiwan Strait. But they have overlapped interests in avoiding conflict and maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Neither President Trump nor President Xi wants the Taiwan issue to become the top priority in their bilateral [End Page 84] agenda. The Trump administration, unlike the Obama administration, does not have a clear regional strategy of hedging and balancing against China in the Asia Pacific. It has no interest in pushing Taipei and Beijing to the negotiation table either. It is unlikely that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will come up with a new formulation that is equivalent to the 1992 Consensus or any other form of reassurance toward each other. It is also unlikely the Tsai Ing-wen government will rock the boat and move toward de jure Taiwan independence. Therefore , if there are no new provocative actions from the Tsai government, Beijing will withhold significant punitive actions that may hurt the people in Taiwan. Beijing is preoccupied with its domestic agenda . As long as the Tsai government is not pushing the envelope, Beijing will remain patient and let the status quo continue. So cross-Strait and trilateral relations will remain in a situation of muddling through and the "cold peace" will continue for the foreseeable future . Tons of other thorns in relations – call with Tsai and embassy upgrades Maizland 19 ---- Lindsay, Asia writer for the Council on Foreign Relations, B.A. in international relations (American University), “U.S. Military Support for Taiwan: What’s Changed Under Trump?” 4/3, Aside from military contacts , President Donald J.
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