Angry Taiwanese fishermen set fire to Filipino flags during a protest in Taipei on May 13, 2013 against the shooting to death of a local fisherman by Philippine coastguards. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)
Angry Taiwanese fishermen set fire to Filipino flags during a protest in Taipei on May 13, 2013 against the shooting to death of a local fisherman by Philippine coastguards.
(Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the Taiwan-Philippines Dispute Unite Taiwan With China?

May 20, 2013  •  From theTrumpet.com
The skirmish between Taiwan and the Philippines could push Taipei away from the U.S. and into Beijing’s eager arms—fulfilling a long-awaited geopolitical prediction.
 

The Philippine Coast Guard shot and killed a Taiwanese fisherman on May 9 in waters claimed by both nations, setting off a chain of events that could mend the breech between Beijing and Taipei.

Both Taiwan and the Philippines are allies of the United States, but Washington’s ties with Manila run deeper than those it has with Taipei. However, there’s one factor of much greater importance than which side the war-weary U.S. may choose.

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