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    Taiwan the Latest Flash Point in US-China Tensions

    “Taiwan is China’s core interest.” So said Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe last month, highlighting the new level of diplomatic risk the U.S. faces by backing the independence of the Beijing-claimed island. While Taiwan has long been a thorn in relations between the two countries, recent months have seen a series of confrontations between Beijing and Washington in the Asia-Pacific region. Experts say it’s part of a new reality in which the two global powers no longer conceal the fact that they’re major adversaries.

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