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Opinion

China takes growing risks with tough Taiwan policy

Unless Beijing stops escalating tensions, violent conflict may erupt

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen rejects the One China principle.   © Reuters

The unfolding geopolitical contest between China and the United States has been described by many as a new cold war. If it ever becomes a hot one, the flash point could be Taiwan, owing in large part to Chinese policy toward the island.

China's government suspended diplomatic contact with Taiwan in June 2016, because the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which had just returned to power, refused to recognize the so-called 1992 Consensus, the political basis for the One China principle. Since then, however, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has pursued a moderate policy, disappointing hard line DPP supporters.

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