Beijing wants to crush youth activists in Taiwan and Hong Kong trying to band together

15 January 2017

“Taiwan has maintained relations with China hawks in the Republican Party over the past several administrations,” said Ian Rowen, a postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. “Cruz is influential above and beyond many senators, given his performance in the last election campaign. It makes sense to add Cruz, whatever his relationship is going to be with the Trump administration… In general, it raises Tsai’s national and international stature to be going on trips like this… There is, however, the potential for a shift in US-Taiwan relations, so of course she’s going to seize the opportunity to meet with as many officials as possible.”

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