Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about U.S. policy towards Taiwan, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The House of Representatives last night voted to raise the federal debt ceiling and also passed an updated version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with Senate votes on both expected in the next week. (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)No Use Germany.
US official signals stunning shift in the way we interpret ‘One China’ policy

By saying Taiwan is a ‘strategic’ asset that should be kept separate from Beijing, Ely Ratner may be flirting with, rather than diffusing conflict.

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