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The Biden presidency entered a new, critical phase this week, but perhaps not for the reasons you think. 

International media focussed on China’s incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone – reaching new levels of scale and frequency. The official US response was swift and stern, but below the level of attribution to any senior official; the Pentagon said the United States is "concerned" by China's "provocative military activity" around Taiwan, which "is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability." Taiwan's foreign minister, in turn, highlighted hopes for further engagement with "like-minded partners, Australia included".