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Why Taiwan should be less fretful over Biden presidency

Headline-making support from the Trump administration carries its own risks. There is also strong bipartisan backing for the island, given its strategic value.

Taiwanese are worried about a cooling of ties under Mr Biden at a time when a strong relationship with the US is needed. PHOTO: REUTERS
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After it became clear last month that the Democratic Party's Joe Biden had won the United States presidential election, Taiwan's media headlines reflected the anxiety of the Taiwanese people over the result.

The China-friendly newspaper China Times asked: "Will a Biden win be terrible for Taiwan?". The independence-leaning newspaper Liberty Times' headline was more measured: "Netizens worry Biden will be China-friendly; MAC chairman: Give him the benefit of the doubt". The MAC is the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council that handles Taiwan's relations with China.

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