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Alan Romberg quoted in Voice of America on Taiwan’s Actions

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TAIPEI — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is showing signs of steering a middle course between China and the United States, despite a unique connection with Donald Trump, to balance competing voter sentiments and reduce the risk of escalating anger in Beijing.


“Taipei wants neither to be a bargaining chip, nor to provoke Beijing,” said Alan Romberg, East Asia Program director with Washington think tank the Stimson Center. “They do want a good relationship with the Trump Administration, so they will try to walk the fine line between forging that while at the same time avoiding being co-opted in a power game that would harm Taiwan rather than help it.”

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