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The 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy noted that “economic security is national security.” The report stated that the White House would “no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating or economic aggression.” In order to address these concerns, the Trump administration adopted a number of concrete measures aiming to weaken the link between economic and security ties that have bound U.S.-China relations tightly until now.

Economic interdependence between the two countries and the challenge posed by China’s rise as a major power has shifted relations between Washington and Beijing. A similar economics-security nexus can be found between Taiwan and China. While economic interdependence between Taiwan and China deepens, the security threat posed by China has persisted. Taiwan thus shares the same challenge the United States is facing: how to maintain economic relations with a security adversary.

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Chien-Huei Wu

Chien-Huei Wu

Taiwan Scholar;
Institute of European and American Studies, Taiwan
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