TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan and the U.S. will hold talks later this year as part of efforts to counter growing pressure from Beijing to force the island into political unification with mainland China.The United States recognizes China diplomatically, but under President Donald Trump has stepped up 40 years of informal ties with Taiwan. China and the U.S. are currently enmeshed in a dispute over trade and tariffs.De facto U.S. ambassador to Taipei Brent Christensen told a news conference Tuesday the talks being planned in September in Taipei will include a senior official from Washington.Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the dialogue would allow the sides to “grow closer and more direct in their co-operation … to protect regional freedom and legal order.”The Associated Press

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