Taiwan sees opportunity for world stage push under Joe Biden-led US

Taiwan sees opportunity for world stage push under Joe Biden-led US

US arms sales to Taiwan may slow under a Joe Biden presidency, but the self-ruled island could also get more Washington support for its efforts to counter Beijing and expand its global presence as the US president-elect advocates multilateral and international cooperation, according to analysts.

Democrat Biden beat the Republican incumbent Donald Trump in a protracted and bitter race that saw Americans come out to vote in unprecedented numbers. Trump has yet to concede but world leaders extended their congratulations to Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. On Sunday, Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen tweeted her best wishes.

Chinese military threats and pressure against Taiwan, which Beijing regards as part of its territory, might ease if Biden tamps down as expected on the Trump administration’s erratic, confrontational policy towards China, analysts say. However, during the election Biden did attack China’s policies on ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang province as well as the Beijing-imposed national security law in Hong Kong.