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Analyzing the results, Li Cheng, a senior researcher at the Brookings Institution who supervised the survey, told Central News Agency that he believes the sharp drop in the percentage of business leaders and opinion leaders supporting U.S. military intervention is related to U.S. and Chinese economic interests as well as to recent provocative moves by Taiwan's government.
He also attributed the high level of support for Taiwan among Congressional staffers to the successful efforts of pro-Taiwan lobby groups in Washington, D.C.