James Chater

Can Taiwan pull off its China gamble?

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen waves after inspecting the Taipei military police headquarters in May 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

When Alex Azar, the US health secretary, arrived in Taipei on Sunday, he became the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan since the United States began diplomatic recognition of Beijing in 1979. In both Washington and Taipei, the significance of the visit has been rightly emphasised. Still, the visit has not been met with unequivocal praise in Taiwan.

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