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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen oversees a military drill on May 25, 2017.
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Wary of Trump, Taiwan Shies From Spotlight in President’s Asia Trip

Most countries love engagement and attention from the U.S. president. But Taiwan has been burned before.

Flags with rooster patterns hang over the crowd as local residents shop in a traditional market to buy items ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, this year marking the Year of the Rooster, in Taipei on January 19, 2017.
Taiwanese decorate their homes with flowers and pray for good fortune at temples to celebrate during the annual holiday season, the biggest of the year. / AFP / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan’s Economic Charm Offensive Hits Chinese Walls

The island is searching for new economic partners, but Beijing's hemming it in on every side it can.

A Standard surface-to-air missile is launched from a Perry-class frigate of Taiwan navy at a mock enemy target in the island's biggest ever wargame held in Litzechien, northeastern Ilan county, 04 September 2003. At least 6,000 soldiers participated in the drill codenamed "Han Kuang 19" (Han Glory) presided over by President Chen Shui-bian.  AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH  (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Comes Through for Taiwan With $1.3 Billion Arms Sale

The State Department notified Congress of the sale, relieving concerns about a prolonged delay to appease Beijing.

Pro-Russian militiants attack a branch of Ukrainian bank Privatbank in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 28, 2014. Some 300 masked pro-Russian militants wielding baseball bats attacked a branch of the bank owned by an oligarch regional governor who has voiced criticism of Moscow. The gang attacked the Donetsk office of the powerful Private banking and metal industry holding belonging to Igor Kolomoisky, a billionaire who is also governor of the nearby region of Dnipropetrovsk. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY        (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kremlin’s Newest Hybrid Warfare Asset: Gangsters

Russia and other states have taken to hiring street gangs and thugs to do the sort of dirty work that even spies don't want to touch.

Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24, 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
Crowds of pro-gay marriage supporters in Taiwan on May 24 cheered, hugged and wept as a top court ruled in favour of same-sex unions. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan’s High Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

If parliament codifies it in the next two years, Taiwan will be a trailblazer in Asia.

US President Barack Obama (R) is awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review in his honor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Virginia, January 4, 2017. / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Ash Carter Won’t Leave Asia Quietly

A last ditch effort by Obama's Defense Secretary to soothe the nerves of Asian allies terrified by the next administration.

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Caught Between Trump and China, Taiwan Takes Checkbook Diplomacy to Central America

President Tsai Ing-Wen traveled to Central America to loosen China's grip on Taiwan. But will it work?

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Ted Cruz Meets With, Texas Governor Gives Possibly Offensive Gift to, Taiwanese Leader

In meetings with the Taiwanese leader, Ted Cruz discussed diplomacy and Greg Abbott gave a taboo gift.

BEIJING - FEBRUARY 1972:  U.S. President Richard Nixon (L) toasts with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai (R) during his trip to China in February 1972. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

History Shows Beijing Won’t Budge an Inch on Taiwan

Trump might want to use the island as a bargaining chip - but for China, it's a matter of principle

This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows villagers outside the Catholic church in Changjing, in China's southern Guangxi region.
The finishing touches are being put to a new museum in Dingan, the village where French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine died in 1856 and just a few kilometres from Changjing where he lived, celebrating the patriotism of his execution and condemning the spiritual opium of religion. / AFP / GREG BAKER / TO GO WITH China-culture-religion-Roman-Catholic-politics,FEATURE by Benjamin Carlson        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Pope Francis Ditching Taiwan For China?

The Vatican is one of Taipei's few remaining political allies, but the Holy Father's desire to deal with the mainland may end that.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 22: China's Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi speaks before voting against a measure to adopt the agenda of human rights violations in North Korea during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss in North Korea on December 22, 2014 in New York City.  The U.N Security Council is deliberating the human rights conditions in North Korea for the first time. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Was China’s Latest U.N. Veto Payback for Trump Bluster on Taiwan, Trade?

Beijing had left daylight with Moscow on U.N. vote on Syria, but it suddenly shifted course and stymied U.S. goals after the president-elect’s weekend antics.

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Rubio Calls for Sanctions on Beijing for South China Sea Antics

In dealing with Beijing, is this a brilliant bill or blunder and bluster?

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - JANUARY 16:  (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Tsai Ing-wen (C), waves to supporters at the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters after her election victory on January 16, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Tsai Ing-wen, the chairwoman of the opposition DPP, has won the presidential election to become the Taiwan's first female president.  (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Taiwan’s President Says She Just Really Wanted to Congratulate Trump

Tsai Ing-wen says her unprecedented phone call doesn't signal a policy shift, but has she thought through all the risks?

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Chinese President Xi Jinping await delegates to the G20 Summit at the Hangzhou International Expo Center on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathering in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China Really Isn’t Joking About Taiwan

Beneath Beijing’s seemingly mild criticism of Trump’s phone call are currents of raw, public nationalism the government can’t control.

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