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Over the past few weeks, developments in the relationship between the US and Taiwan mark yet another escalation of US-China tensions and provide insight into the importance of Taiwan in broader US foreign policy goals in the region. Key among these developments is the visit of US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan since the US cut formal diplomatic ties in 1979.
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