US presidential election: Will strategic ambiguity on Taiwan be restored?

South China Morning Post
Date: 9 Sep, 2020
By: Lawrence Chung

  • Trump administration’s close links with Taipei have encouraged anti-mainland sentiment and thoughts of independence
  • A Biden presidency is likely to bring a cautious approach from Washington towards the self-ruled island

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

As voters in the United States prepare for the presidential election in November, the South China Morning Post is exploring the potential ramifications for China. The fifth part of the series looks at shifts in US policy towards Taiwan.

A consequence of the Trump administration’s China policy has been a rising confidence in Taiwan that its American allies will shield it from any attack from the mainland, which regards the self-ruled island as a renegade province, to be recovered by force if necessary.Decades of a carefully cultivated strategic ambiguity by the US over its stance on Taiwan appeared to be in doubt when newly-minted President Donald Trump broke with protocol to take an early congratulatory call from the island’s independence-leaning leader Tsai Ing-wen four years ago.'One China’ explained

Since then, a raft of pro-Taiwan legislation and billions of dollars in arms sales have bolstered the view on the island that the US will come to its defence in any military action, along with a surge in anti-mainland sentiment.    [FULL  STORY]

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