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While maintaining the facade of being an ally to Africa, China is exploiting coup-prone regions through lucrative activities such as coal mining and substantial oil extraction.
The US has agreed to sell four MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan to boost its defenses amid increasing threats by China. The Trump administration has cleared arms packages worth $4.2 billion to the island in recent weeks.
The U.S. and Taiwan are starting a new bilateral economic dialogue after Taiwan announced last week its plans to remove restrictions on American pork and beef imports. Some experts see the dialogue as a move toward a free trade agreement between the U.S. and Taiwan.
Some US commentators have called for the US to be 'realistic' and compromise with China on Taiwan. But supporting Taiwan is the truly realistic option.