Keep an Eye on Taiwan

The battle over the island may be a Cold War relic, but it will shape the future.

MICHAEL SCHUMAN OCTOBER 10, 2020 The Atlantic

Man holding the Taiwan flag up in the air, in front of a blue sky
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Taiwan is one of those flash points that has never flashed. The dispute over the island’s fate has had the potential to erupt into conflict between China and the United States for decades. But the feared Chinese invasion has never come. The situation has remained deadlocked for so long that Taiwan’s quandary often drifts into the background of Asian affairs, overshadowed by seemingly more-pressing concerns, such as North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and inflamed tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

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US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China

It is no longer politically wise to characterize China as a partner or friend.

By Justin Conrad, September 16, 2020, The Diplomat   

US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China
Credit: Official White House photo

The year is not over, but it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a watershed. Even so, it may be difficult to grasp just how consequential the last several months have been for U.S.-China relations. As the many crises of 2020 recede into the past, it will become increasingly clear that we witnessed the most important sea change in U.S.-China relations in 50 years. Critically, this was the year that the tide of public opinion in the United States turned against China.

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Mike Pompeo in Japan for ‘quad’ meeting to counter China

  • 6 October 2020 BBC
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, October 6, Tokyo
Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is holding talks with the Quad group

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting his counterparts from Australia, India and Japan in Tokyo to discuss how to counter China.

The “Quad meeting” comes as all four countries seek to form a front against an increasingly assertive China.

Before he left the US, Mr Pompeo said the meeting was “something we’ve been working on for a long time”.

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United States closes immigration door to communists in clear swipe at China

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Keegan Elmer South China Morning Post 4 October 2020

TĐH: This will affect Vietnam

The United States has released guidance on its immigration laws that will make it almost impossible for members of a Communist party or similar to be granted permanent residence or citizenship of America.

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Pompeo, Vatican clash over China after tensions spill out

By NICOLE WINFIELD Oct. 2, 2020 AP

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Pompeo is meeting Thursday with top Vatican officials, a day after tensions over U.S. opposition to the Vatican’s China policy spilled out in public. (Vatican Media via AP)

ROME (AP) — The U.S. and the Vatican butted heads over China on Thursday as the Holy See chafed at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s public call to take a harsher stance against Chinese restrictions on religious freedom.

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