Trump election loss robs Taiwan of a powerful, belligerent friend

Taipei (AFP) – Donald Trump’s departure from the White House will leave many US allies breathing easier, but his fiery anti-China rhetoric will be missed by many in Taiwan.Over the last four years, Trump’s unpredictability and often confrontational attitude towards China over trade, the coronavirus and Hong Kong have earned him fans in self-ruled Taiwan, which has spent decades under threat of invasion from its authoritarian neighbour.That danger has ramped up since the 2016 election of Tsai Ing-wen, who views Taiwan as a sovereign nation, not part of “one China”. Her stance infuriates Beijing…

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