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(A U.S.-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021. Source: Sam Yeh/"Agence France Presse" via "Getty Images.")

By: Jack Detsch | FOREIGN POLICY |

The Biden administration added more U.S. troops to Taiwan over the past few months, according to newly published Defense Department data, leaving nearly 40 troops on the embattled island to protect the de facto U.S. embassy and train Taiwanese troops. … “I don’t know that the U.S. government is serious about the defense of Taiwan,” said Ian Easton[.] … “Right now, there’s still too many of these old bad habits that have built up in U.S.-Taiwan relations where the U.S. kind of acts like we’re ashamed to be there. Or actually maybe we’re doing something wrong by defending a like-minded democracy, and we don’t want to upset Beijing.” …

Read the full article in Foreign Policy.