Taiwan’s Rising Profile Is Drawing China’s Ire

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen gestures during a meeting with lawmakers from the Baltic states, Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 29, 2021 (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP).
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen gestures during a meeting with lawmakers from the Baltic states, Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 29, 2021 (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP).
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A flurry of visits by foreign officials and an invitation to the upcoming virtual democracy summit to be hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden have underscored Taiwan’s growing international profile. But the attention Taiwan is attracting is causing Beijing to increase diplomatic, economic and military pressure on its autonomous neighbor. Ten European lawmakers from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia arrived on the island for an eight-day visit starting Sunday. “China is afraid that our mission in Taiwan will show the world that there are benefits to rejecting the so-called ‘economic partnership’ offered by the Chinese regime,” Maldas Maideikis, a Lithuanian parliamentarian who […]

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