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Opinion

Taiwan would be better off alone

Cutting all diplomatic ties would free Taipei from a competition it cannot win

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Tsai Ing-wen, pictured on Dec. 18: Chinese leaders despise Tsai because she has refused to endorse the 1992 consensus.   © Reuters

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corp. He formerly served as an intelligence adviser at the Pentagon.

And then there were 14. That was the new tally of Taiwan's official diplomatic partners following Nicaragua's decision earlier this month to swap ties with Taipei for Beijing. The Solomon Islands and Kiribati did the same in 2019. But a curious fact has been overshadowed in the coverage of Taiwan's losses: Taipei has at times preemptively severed ties with partners "to uphold national dignity."

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