Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a news conference at the National Palace during her one-day visit to Haiti, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 13, 2019 [Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters]

In the past few weeks, the US Senate and the House of Representatives passed similar versions of an act aiming to strengthen Taiwan’s standing in the world and curb China’s attempts to further isolate the island, which has been de-facto independent since 1950.

Beijing considers Taiwan a wayward province that must return to the mainland fold, by force if necessary. It insists that nations cannot have official relations with both China and Taiwan, with the result that Taiwan has formal diplomatic ties with only a small number of countries.

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