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Taiwan is piggy in the middle amidst Sino-US competition

15th January 2021 - 00:30 GMT | by The Geobukseon in Indo-Pacific

A strategic 'Great Game' is going on between China and the US, with Taiwan unfortunately stuck in the middle and under pressure.

On 12 January, the White House released a declassified and partially redacted version of the ten-page 'United States Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific' policy. This important document has guided US regional interactions and policy since its approval in February 2018.

A look through the document throws up some intriguing points, reminding us of the centrality of Taiwan in US strategy for the region.

Certainly, Taiwan’s status is the most important strategic consideration for Chairman Xi Jinping, and he would dearly love to absorb – either peacefully or forcibly – the democratic nation of Taiwan, smothering democracy and freedom of expression in …

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