Suddenly, Taiwan sees an opening.
Having spent most of the last half a century in a diplomatic no man’s land, in which it technically does not exist as far as most of the world is concerned, Taiwan is hoping to parlay President-elect Donald Trump’s surprising response to its overture into enhanced relations with major countries in Asia.
“In principle, India looks like a particularly hopeful area in this respect, especially as the relationship is starting from a low base,” said Alan Romberg, East Asia program director with the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank. “Japan is another area where Taiwan could expand its economic links, and [Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s] government seems more than willing to be helpful.”
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