Will Trump spring ‘October surprise’ and recognize Taiwan?

The US president could conceivably ditch the `one China' policy in a desperate attempt to get reelected

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/10/10
By: David Spencer, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

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KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — The scenes that have unfolded over the past few weeks at the White House and the Walter Reed National Medical Center have been pure Hollywood, and pure Donald Trump.

Everything from his departure on Marine One and the carefully staged photos of him "working" in the presidential suite at the hospital, to his return to the White House were choreographed down to the last detail. They were an attempt to portray the president as the leader and statesman he wants to be perceived as.

The notion we are being fed is of a president bravely fighting off COVID-19 to advance his agenda. The fact that he is keen to cultivate this perception so close to an election is no coincidence.

To some, it will seem desperate and incredulous. Yet, for many of his core voters, it will come across as patriotic and statesmanlike.    [FULL  STORY]

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