The new American Institute in Taiwan, located on a 6.5-hectare site in the Neihu district of Taipei, took more than nine years to build. Photo: EPA-EFE

US prepares to open new de facto embassy in Taipei amid ‘policy shift’ on Taiwan

  • Nearly 500 staff – including military personnel – will move to the US$255 million American Institute in Taiwan complex on May 6
  • Analysts say AIT has become ‘a lot more high-profile’ since Donald Trump became president, as calls grow for Washington to elevate ties with the island
Topic |   Taiwan

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The new American Institute in Taiwan, located on a 6.5-hectare site in the Neihu district of Taipei, took more than nine years to build. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Taiwanese-made jet fighters and US-made F16s during an annual military exercise conducted by Taiwan. Former US officials fear cross-strait tensions could quickly become a flashpoint in US-China relations. Photo: AP

US-China tensions could ignite over Taiwan, American former officials warn

  • President Donald Trump has ‘no understanding’ of cross-strait sensitivities
  • US hardliners step up legislative and military support for self-ruled island
Topic |   US-China relations

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Taiwanese-made jet fighters and US-made F16s during an annual military exercise conducted by Taiwan. Former US officials fear cross-strait tensions could quickly become a flashpoint in US-China relations. Photo: AP
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