The US Indo-Pacific Command reportedly plans to hold war games in the Taiwan Strait, and the island’s military would be asked to join the US in the drill. Photo: AFP

US, Taiwan military ties closer than ever as Donald Trump challenges Beijing

  • Washington is approving arms deals at a much faster pace than before, as Taipei faces growing threats from mainland China
  • Self-ruled island has also been releasing information on US Navy movements in Taiwan Strait that would previously have been kept quiet
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The US Indo-Pacific Command reportedly plans to hold war games in the Taiwan Strait, and the island’s military would be asked to join the US in the drill. Photo: AFP
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.