US health secretary Alex Azar waves before leaving Taiwan from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 12. Photo: EPA-EFE/Handout US health secretary Alex Azar waves before leaving Taiwan from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 12. Photo: EPA-EFE/Handout
US health secretary Alex Azar waves before leaving Taiwan from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 12. Photo: EPA-EFE/Handout
Derek Grossman
Opinion

Opinion

Derek Grossman

Why Taiwan should be wary about its growing bond with the US

  • Taipei must consider the possibility that Washington is using it as a pawn to frustrate Beijing. There is disturbing evidence that US President Donald Trump considers relations with Taiwan expendable in the context of a deal he could make with China

US health secretary Alex Azar waves before leaving Taiwan from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 12. Photo: EPA-EFE/Handout US health secretary Alex Azar waves before leaving Taiwan from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 12. Photo: EPA-EFE/Handout
US health secretary Alex Azar waves before leaving Taiwan from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 12. Photo: EPA-EFE/Handout
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Derek Grossman

Derek Grossman

Derek Grossman is a senior defence analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. He formerly served as the daily intelligence briefer to the assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs at the Pentagon.