FOCUS: Democracies draw closer to Taiwan as China more belligerent

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In 2019, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined to attend Taiwan's Yushan Forum, an annual dialogue on cooperation between Taiwan and its neighbors, fearing that acceptance would provoke China, which sees the island as a breakaway province with no business hosting such events. This year, however, Abbott not only attended the annual forum, but used the occasion to criticize Chinese aggression against Taiwan such as its ramped-up incursions into Taiwan's air defense zone. Also last week, a delegation of French senators arrived in Taiwan, defying repeated warnings from China to sta...

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