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A nation must think before it acts.
Taiwan’s “international space” has been a vital concern for the nation’s leaders, and increasingly so as China has grown in power, influence, and ability to “squeeze” Taiwan’s international space and thereby undermine the international stature that matters for Taiwan’s security. President Tsai Ing-wen inherits a legacy of multi-pronged efforts and some successes, and will seek to build on them as she pursues her own distinctive approach. But she must do so in the face of continuing, and possibly increasing, resistance from Beijing and amid uncertainty about the policies of key states, including China and the United States.