As the world watches Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in Washington, America’s allies in the Asia-Pacific are particularly concerned about the possibility of U.S. disengagement from the region. Taipei watches Trump's inauguration with bewilderment and unease and fears it seems that many Americans are content that Taiwan is caught in the middle as Trump brought the One China policy back into the political limelight. And Beijing is unhappy that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE wants to negotiate the status of Taiwan. Amid renewed interest in assessing cross-Strait relations, the question remains how the latest developments may impact Taiwan itself.
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