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What would happen if the US recognized Taiwan?

Risk of war is rising rapidly, and China may seek to push tensions even higher

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People's Liberation Army's H-6 bomber flies near the Taiwan air defense identification zone on Sept. 18.   © Taiwan Ministry of National Defense/AP

Admiral James Stavridis was 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He spent the bulk of his operational career in the Pacific, including multiple command assignments.

In this superheated U.S. election year, relations between Beijing and Washington are at their lowest point in decades. An increasingly dangerous flashpoint is Taiwan.

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