U.S., Taiwan team up for infrastructure projects in Indo-Pacific amid increased tension with China

The Washington Times
Date: September 30, 2020
By: Lauren Toms

In this May 20, 2020, file photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech after her inauguration ceremony at a government guest house in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP, File)

The U.S. and Taiwan are moving forward with joint infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region and Latin America, officials said Wednesday.

The public partnership comes as tensions with China are quickly heating up. China has made several moves to cross the disputed midline of the Taiwan strait, causing Taiwan to scramble fighter jets, while Washington and Beijing have clashed on national security, human rights, technology and business policies.

“The Taiwan-U.S. cooperative partnership relationship has gone up another level,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Wednesday, as quoted by Reuters.

The announcement is all but set to escalate ongoing disputes with Beijing. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has regularly reacted with a special concern to signs that the U.S. was bolstering the independence of Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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