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Washington and Taipei have drawn closer under presidents Donald Trump and Tsai Ing-wen, pictured. Taiwan is now bracing for the outcome of the election between Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden in November. (Nikkei montage/Source photo by Getty Images)
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Taiwan pins hopes on US election winner staying tough on China

Trump's support welcomed as Biden fights perception Democrats are soft on Beijing

NICK ASPINWALL, Contributing writer | Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Days after Taiwan rolled out the red carpet for the highest-level American visitor in decades, President Tsai Ing-wen said she would ease import restrictions on U.S. meat products, clearing the way for U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement talks.

The moves last month highlight what Taiwanese officials hail as the strongest ties between the two governments in decades. That has given Taiwan the momentum to strengthen its fragile geopolitical position and stand up to China's aggressive moves to further isolate it.

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