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Taiwan faces China's squeeze

Taiwan's loss of diplomatic ally Burkina Faso to China just over a week ago was the fourth since President Tsai Ing-wen took office two years ago.

Winning over Taiwan's diplomatic partners is just one of Beijing's measures to reduce the self-ruling island's international space after Ms Tsai refused to acknowledge the 1992 consensus that China and Taiwan belong to one China, with the two sides having different interpretations of what this means.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Taiwan faces China's squeeze'. Print Edition | Subscribe