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Washington's move to declassify 1982 cables to Taiwan raises risk of clash no one wants

Washington's declassification of two 1982 cables that affirmed the United States' commitment to Taiwan's security at the time signals the continuation of its support for the island's defence in the face of a growing military threat from China, analysts have said.

The cables, which were declassified on July 16, were posted on the website of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the US' de facto embassy in Taipei, on Monday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2020, with the headline 'Washington's move raises risk of clash no one wants'. Subscribe