Taiwan pins hopes on US election winner staying tough on China

Taiwan pins hopes on US election winner staying tough on China

TAIPEI — Days after Taiwan rolled out the red carpet for the highest-level American visitor in decades, President Tsai Ing-wen said she would ease import restrictions on U.S. meat products, clearing the way for U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement talks.

The moves last month highlight what Taiwanese officials hail as the strongest ties between the two governments in decades. That has given Taiwan the momentum to strengthen its fragile geopolitical position and stand up to China’s aggressive moves to further isolate it.

But they have also left the self-governing island separated from the mainland by the Taiwan Strait wondering how far the administration of President Donald Trump, currently firmly at odds with Beijing, will go to protect its interests — and whether relations with Washington would remain strong should Democratic nominee Joe Biden win November’s U.S. presidential election.