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Tensions between the U.S. and China continued to rise in 2021 over Beijing’s aggression toward Taiwan as well as signs the U.S. government is prepared to aid Taipei if it is invaded or attacked by China.
China claims Taiwan is part of its own territory and has rejected its claims of independence. The two countries split in 1949, and China has been increasing pressure on the self-ruled nation while opposing its involvement in international organizations such as at the United Nations. The U.S. does not formally recognize Taiwan but maintains an unofficial relationship and is supportive of its democratic government.
The dueling policies have for years led to a diplomatic tightrope that both sides have had to navigate. But 2021 saw that…