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Tensions are rising between China and Taiwan - and the US isn't helping matters

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Chiang Ying-ying/AP
China views Taiwan as a renegade province, reinforced by Taiwan's former president, Ma Ying-jeou, who regularly implied it was part of China.
Once Tsai Ing-wen , of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party , became President of Taiwan in 2016, Beijing has feared Taiwan is inching toward independence.
Beijing also worries about Trump 's motivation for improving relations between the United States and Taiwan.
Taiwan and the United States must prepare for greater hostility from China in the coming years, likely to last until the next Taiwan presidential election...
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Countries in Asia are looking for ways to counter China's growing power - with and without the US's help

Countries in Asia are looking for ways to counter China's growing power - with and without the US's help

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REUTERS/Jason Lee
China's more assertive posture in its near abroad has its neighbors more concerned about Beijing's ambitions, and President Donald Trump's seeming vacillation on US commitments to the region have many of those countries reassessing their own security and diplomatic relationships .
At present, the balance of power in Asia "really is one of contested US primacy," Hervé Lemahieu, a research fellow at Australian think tank the Lowy Institute, told Business Insider earlier this month.
"We now have two regional superpowers, and they both have their strengths, and they both have...
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