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September 11 altered much in international affairs, but not fundamental anxiety over the impasse across the Taiwan Strait. In the year since writing this article, cross-Strait trends have remained highly troublesome despite initiatives that may appear on the surface to facilitate reconciliation over time.

WTO accession and leadership change in China will likely serve as a constraint on its external behavior in the near term, including over Taiwan. However, China continues to demonstrate little interest in political initiatives or a true "hearts and minds" campaign, hallmarks of a patient, peaceful approach to the issue. China continues to rigidly refuse overtures from

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