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Taiwan sees U.S. trade deal as vital to maintaining its democracy

1 month ago   |   By Politico

A top Taiwanese official said on Thursday that the biggest benefit from a proposed trade agreement with the United States would be to prop up Taiwan's economy and democracy in the face of China's attempts to isolate the country.
“If our economy can not be strong enough, then there's only one place that we can go - China,” John Deng, Taiwan's minister without portfolio, said in an interview. “More reliance on their market. More dependent.”
That's a concern because Taiwan's economy is heavily entwined with China, giving Beijing increased leverage in the ongoing fight between the two sides...
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