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How America Should Support Taiwan

While US politicians have been increasingly vocal in their support for Taiwan in recent years, their political posturing threatens the delicate status quo that has enabled Taiwan to maintain its de facto sovereignty. If the US wants to help, it should stop undermining Taiwanese dominance in the semiconductor industry.

CHICAGO – The stern warnings issued by China ahead of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s tour of the United States and Central America have highlighted the threat that intensifying Chinese pressure poses to the island’s security and stability. But the warnings also underscored the degree to which the ongoing US efforts to “on-shore” semiconductor manufacturing could cripple Taiwan’s economy at a critical time.