Taiwan criticized the US government for declining a F-16 fighter jet sale but called Washington’s proposal a welcome step to keep the island strong against Beijing.
Breaking six decades of tension, China hopes allowing solo travelers to Taiwan will advance its goal of political unification, while Taiwanese see the prospect as a boon to the economy.
A potential free-trade deal between with Singapore may signal that China has stopped warning other countries against doing deals with Taiwan.
The high-profile arrest will do more damage to Taiwan, where officials are under scrutiny for missing the suspected espionage, than it will to Taiwan-China relations.
Riling China, the US's newest $6.4 billion sale includes 60 Blackhawk helicopters, Patriot missiles, and sophisticated command-and-control software.
Taiwan's vice-president elect meets with mainland China about a cross-straits economic stimulus plan.