The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act commits the US to providing Taiwan with the means to defend itself, but not necessarily to engage in a military conflict. Photo: Military News Agency via AP
The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act commits the US to providing Taiwan with the means to defend itself, but not necessarily to engage in a military conflict. Photo: Military News Agency via AP

China-US tension: fresh uncertainty over America’s ‘strategic ambiguity’ on Taiwan

  • Until last month, Washington had refused to confirm or deny if it would intervene militarily to defend the island from an attack
  • Any move towards clarity over US obligations brings its own problems, say military experts

Topic |   US-China relations
The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act commits the US to providing Taiwan with the means to defend itself, but not necessarily to engage in a military conflict. Photo: Military News Agency via AP
The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act commits the US to providing Taiwan with the means to defend itself, but not necessarily to engage in a military conflict. Photo: Military News Agency via AP
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