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ident’s “America first” agenda is in defiance of the norms followed by the international community, including US all
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fending any party and ending up as a victim of the conflict between the world’s two largest economies.
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“Taiwan card” to bolster its Indo-Pacific strategy and strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
By following their foreign masters’ guideline, the island’s politicia上海会所
ns such as Tsai create enough space for the US to play the “Taiwan card”. In fact, thanks to th
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vigating its warships through the Straits five times in the past five months, a frequency too high even by US “s
tandards”－in the Asia-Pacific region. Besides, the US has continued selling arms to the island.
By passing acts and resolutions indicating that the US’ relations with the island’s administration are strong not on
ly in political but also military fields, Washington is trying Beijing’s patience on the Taiwan question.
Worse, the US Congress has attempted to use Taiwan as a means to win brown
ie points in its conflict with the mainland by passing a number of acts related to the isl
and including the Taiwan Assurance Act, Taiwan Travel Act and the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018.