How likely is a US-Taiwan trade deal?

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The US crackdown on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat and on tech manufacturers Huawei and SMIC is dominating headlines. Amid the chaos, readers might have missed the news that Taiwan has eased restrictions on US meat imports — or perhaps missed the significance. The move could boost Taiwan’s economy and security but risks opening a new front in the US-China trade war. The question is, will the US commit to talks? That is the focus of our main piece today.

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Will the US play ball?

When Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen eased restrictions on US pork and beef imports in late August, she removed a longstanding barrier to bilateral trade talks between Washington and Taipei. The rules, which stemmed from health concerns and local protectionism, were long thought too politically sensitive to change. But Tsai, a former trade negotiator who is in the second of…

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