Taiwan gets reassuring signals of steady US support

President Joe Biden's White House dispels initial fears of a rolling back of Trump-era policies with a series of firm and measured responses aimed at showing continued backing for Taiwan in the face of Chinese pressure.

A less provocative approach from the Biden administration could lead to a calmer Taiwan Strait. But analysts fear the impasse over the island may be prolonged and the stalemate may turn the Taiwan Strait into the most dangerous flashpoint for a possi
A less provocative approach from the Biden administration could lead to a calmer Taiwan Strait. But analysts fear the impasse over the island may be prolonged and the stalemate may turn the Taiwan Strait into the most dangerous flashpoint for a possible war between China and the US, and other major powers.PHOTO: REUTERS

If Taiwan has been nervous over whether new United States President Joe Biden will downgrade relations with it after four years of burgeoning ties under his predecessor Donald Trump, it should be breathing more easily now.

The Biden administration's recent words and deeds should reassure the Taiwanese that there will be more continuity of the Trump administration's Taiwan policy than divergence from it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2021, with the headline 'Taiwan gets reassuring signals of steady US support'. Subscribe