U.S.-Taiwan Relations Are Flourishing Under Biden and Tsai

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, right, and former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd during a meeting in Taipei, April 15, 2021 (Taiwan Presidential Office photo via AP Images).
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, right, and former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd during a meeting in Taipei, April 15, 2021 (Taiwan Presidential Office photo via AP Images).

Ever since Taiwan’s first direct presidential election in 1996, American and Taiwanese presidential terms have neatly overlapped. The first democratically elected Taiwanese leader, Lee Teng-hui, shared his term with Bill Clinton. Lee’s successor, Chen Shui-bian, served concurrently with George W. Bush, while Ma Ying-jeou’s presidency coincided with Barack Obama’s. Relations in the Lee/Clinton and Chen/Bush years were bumpy, but both sides were content with a low-key relationship. The pattern broke when American voters rejected Donald Trump’s bid for a second term, making Tsai Ing-wen the first elected Taiwanese president to overlap with two different U.S. presidents, Trump and Joe Biden. […]

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