China is filling a ‘strategic vacuum’ in the Pacific left by the US and its allies, and that’s bad news for Taiwan

REUTERS/Xihao JiangUS sailors in front of US and Chinese flags as the Navy destroyer USS Stethem arrives in Shanghai for an official visit, November 16, 2015.Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September.China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.On December 1, 2016, 22 countries had full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, an island nation seen as a breakaway province by its larger neighbor, China.On December 2 that year, President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen had what was thought to be the first phone call between a Taiwanese leader and a US president or president-elect since the US

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