Trump upsets decades of U.S. policy on Taiwan, leaving thorny questions for Biden

The Washington Post
Date: Jan. 13, 2021
By: Gerry Shih and Lily Kuo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks with President Trump during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on July 18, 2018. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

TAIPEI, Taiwan — For decades, America's diplomatic dealings with Taiwan were governed by intricate and arcane rules designed to support a key Asian partner without provoking Beijing — and avoid war in the Taiwan Strait. Details of the U.S. strategy toward China, meanwhile, were shrouded in secrecy.

This week, those rules went out the window.

With days left in office, the Trump administration has cast aside long-standing policies toward China and Taiwan, both raising expectations and setting new constraints for how the Biden administration will deal with its largest geopolitical competitor.

On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly lifted U.S. government rules prohibiting interactions between American and Taiwanese diplomats, a move that amounted to a symbolic but significant upgrade in the U.S. relationship with the democratic island, which China claims as its territory.    [FULL  STORY]

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