Re the Sept. 24 article Obama to welcome Xi to White House with a red carpet: Chinese President Xi Jinping got a a 21-gun salute at a time of increasing mistrust and growing tensions. Relations between the two powerhouses are alive, but strained.
Located in the first island chain between China and the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan’s position limits China’s access to the Central Pacific.
The United States must stand with Taiwan to ensure it can defend itself and that its self-defense capabilities are never eroded. Taiwan has historically played an important role as an ally of the United States. Taiwan, in particular, will weigh in the balance as Beijing and Washington continue their struggle for cooperation and competitive advantage in Asia and around the world.
Kent Wang, research fellow, Institute for Taiwan American Studies, Washington, D.C.
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