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China can destabilize Taiwan without firing a shot

An all-out invasion is less likely than sowing discontent with cybertattacks

Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping. Chinese cyberattacks have targeted Taiwan's Presidential Office Building in recent years. (Source photos by Taiwan Presidential Office and Xinhua/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's visit to China on July 25-26, the first such trip by a Biden administration diplomat, illustrated, as many predicted, what a quagmire the tensions between the U.S. and China have become.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi put forward three demands -- do not plot to subvert China, lift all of Washington's unilateral sanctions and do not infringe on China's territory and sovereignty -- with a particularly strong message regarding Taiwan.

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