William Lin hopes Donald Trump wins next week’s US election because he believes it is “a matter of life or death” for his home country of Taiwan. Key points: Some Hong Kong and Taiwan people support the Trump administration’s China policy But experts caution that it’s Congress, not Mr Trump, that is pressuring China Experts say Joe Biden is not expected to present a stark change in US foreign policy on China The president of Victoria’s Taiwanese Association told the ABC the US election had made him reflect between his “ideals” and “reality”. Like many others among Australia’s Hong Kong and Taiwan diaspora, Mr Lin believes a second Trump term would safeguard their people’s freedom. They have warmed to the Trump administration’s China policy, specifically those that target Beijing over its behaviour in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Both are claimed by China, but only Hong Kong is formally under Beijing’s grip. Hong Kong has been a semi-autonomous part of China since the 1997 handover, but many believe the territory is increasingly losing its autonomy. And while China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, Taipei considers itself independent. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he would not rule out the use… Read full this story
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