I’m reminded of a common situation in which A wants a romance with B, B gives hints that she isn’t interested, but A keeps deluding themselves into thinking that it is possible. Taiwan seems to constantly misinterpret the hints and intentions of Washington, and I really hope that the sources for this article aren’t in any policy making position in Taiwan.
There was no progress made in resolving the NUC, and Condi Rice wanted to make it clear that there was no progress made in resolving the NUC thing.
The fact that the White House and State Department is busy with about five different issues is precisely why they get annoyed with Chen Shui-Bian. The last thing that the State Department wants is to expend time and energy with another issue.