Where is Taiwan’s Military Build Up Headed?

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Two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping made clear that he wanted China to make progress toward reunification with Taiwan.  This year, China has taken a more aggressive military stand toward Taiwan and has shown that it will not stop short of military pressure to move closer to its goal. 

In response, the Trump administration has nearly matched the amount of U.S. foreign military sales to Taiwan as the previous Bush and Obama administrations did over each of their two-term tenures. Taiwan has recently announced it was also increasing its 2021 defense budget by approximately 10% (of GDP).

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