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sentially means the US would sell arms to the island regularly and back its participation in international organizations.

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he biggest rival in Washington’s eyes thanks, in part, to the trade disputes between them.

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worker for “Taiwan independence” before stepping down as the head of the executive body.

To send a clear message against secessionism to the Tsai administr

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ld military exercises in the Taiwan Straits and sent warplanes and warships around the island.

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