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Why tensions are rising over Taiwan

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Washington (AFP) – Tensions have soared in recent weeks over Taiwan, the self-governing democracy claimed by China — and allied with the United States. How far the tensions will accelerate — and what the US response will be — is hotly debated among experts. What is each side’s position?China’s communist government considers Taiwan a province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. China’s nationalist Kuomintang fled to the island in 1949 after losing the mainland’s civil war. The island of 24 million people has since transformed into a vibrant democracy and major tech hub, leading ma…

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