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Taiwan calls for US commitment as China turns up heat

Tsai Ing-wen lauds historic ties ahead of 40th anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said April 9 that China is threatening the island's democracy.   © Reuters

BEIJING/TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday sought greater American involvement in helping to ensure the island's security as China ratchets up military pressure.

Wednesday marks 40 years since the U.S. enacted the Taiwan Relations Act, which promotes commercial and cultural relations with the island even after Washington established diplomatic ties with mainland China. In the weeks ahead of the anniversary, China engaged in jet flybys across a de facto maritime border with Taiwan and issued a veiled threat of a strike.

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