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Taiwan temptation keeps US guessing about Xi's true intention

Biden under pressure to change policy of 'strategic ambiguity'

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Soldiers take part in anti-invasion drill in Taoyuan, Taiwan, simulating People's Liberation Army invading the island, in October 2018: for China without a swift victory, the threat of an escalating conflict with the U.S. is real.   © Reuters

Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times. He is author of "The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times."

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