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At times that has meant moving in Taipei's direction; at other times it has meant backing off demonstrations of support, now that a mini-trade deal has at last been reached with Beijing, Trump may have fewer qualms about letting his national security hawks demonstrate more visible backing for Taiwan.
At a time when North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals are rapidly expanding, the abrogation of GSOMIA directly harms U.S. national security, and at a time when China's assertiveness and new capabilities represent an unprecedented challenge, the disintegration of the U.S.-led alliance system is a disaster.
Just as this week's 'tactical weapon' test was a signal to warn Trump that his much-vaunted 'freeze' is in jeopardy, the verbal attack on Pompeo is meant to encourage Trump to ignore his hardline advisers and make a deal with his 'friend' Kim Jong Un, as long as the North Koreans believe they can flatter and dupe the U.S. president into making important concessions ... they will resist dealing with less gullible and more demanding subordinate U.S. officials.
If the world's most powerful navy cannot sail where international law permits, then what happens to the ships of navy of smaller countries?, if our warships can't exercise its legitimate rights under international law at sea, then what about the fishermen, what about the cargo ships? How will they prevent themselves from being blocked by stronger nations?
If the world's most powerful navy can not sail where international law permits, then what happens to the ships of navy of smaller countries ? , if our warships can't exercise its legitimate rights under international law at sea, then what about the fishermen, what about the cargo ships ? How will they prevent themselves from being blocked by stronger nations ?
It's very, very hard to know whether this meeting ... is going to have any effect on the elections and if it did, what effect it would be - whether it would help the KMT, whether it would help the DPP. I genuinely don't know, but everyone is waiting to see how the conversation goes and whether the discussions between the two leaders continues the positive momentum of the last several years that has seen the relaxation of tensions.
The internal leadership dispute within the USDP (Union Solidarity and Development Party) had a chilling effect on the political climate, the government and the ruling party have to act in a way that reinforces, not undermines, public confidence in the government's commitment to democratic processes.
Nobody in their right mind is going to try to stop the U.S. Navy from operating - that would not be a good bet, but it’s not enough that a U.S. military plane can overfly international waters, even if there is challenge or hailing query ... We believe that every country and all civilian actors should have unfettered access to international waters and international airspace.
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