US President George W. Bush and his security team are re-evaluating Washington's policy towards Taiwan and China, the visiting head of an American think-tank said yesterday. Dr Edwin J. Feulner, president of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, was speaking in Taipei as he started a three-day visit. He said Mr Bush's team of advisers was eager to end the years of wavering on the China issue that marked the term of former president Bill Clinton. His remarks were taken seriously by the Taiwan media, as the conservative Heritage Foundation is believed to hold considerable influence over Republican politicians who now control both executive and legislative branches of the US Government. While several former senior US officials have passed through Taiwan in recent months, Dr Feulner, who is a frequent visitor to the island, was the first major academic with strong Republican connections to arrive since Mr Bush was sworn into office a month ago. 'In terms of policy toward mainland China and Taiwan, that is to say cross-strait relations, our new Government hopes to be clearer, more predictable and responsible,' Dr Feulner was quoted by Taiwan media reports as saying. 'In the future, there will not be policies that take both sides by surprise. And I think that among the policies that took people by surprise were Clinton's remarks in Shanghai.' Dr Feulner was referring to a statement made by Mr Clinton on a 1998 visit that came to be known as the 'new three no's' policy: no to Taiwan independence, no to 'one China, one Taiwan' and no to Taiwan's membership in world bodies. Taiwan criticised Mr Clinton for allegedly caving in to Beijing's claim of sovereignty over the island. Yesterday, Dr Feulner said that President Bush would be more careful when dealing with such delicate issues. 'The will and desire of the Taiwan people must be put first,' reports cited Dr Feulner as saying, 'and not the hasty decisions made in Washington and Beijing'. Meanwhile, the chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party said yesterday that the Taiwan Government should push for three full links - postal, transportation and commerce - with the mainland. In an interview with the Taipei-based China Times, Frank Hsieh Chang-ting said that he recognised many people were worried that Taiwan could be trapped by 'Communist China's unification-front schemes' if it allowed the 'three big links', banned since 1949, with the mainland to be opened up. But he added: 'We should be aware we would have an advantage over the mainland when we are armed with democracy to deal with China.' Mr Hsieh said he had repeatedly recommended to President Chen Shui-bian that the three links open as soon as possible.