Gone Is The Go Between

Taiwan's trade connections with China will survive, but without Hong Kong as a vital buffer

Cargo ships crowd the piers in Keelung, Taiwan's second-largest port, while beyond the harbor's mouth, waiting vessels float against the horizon. A pair of cranes are busy loading containers of chemicals, machinery, shoe materials, and detergents onto Ming Peace, a ship of Yang Ming Marine Transport Co. bound for Hong Kong. The goods' final destination, though, is Guangdong.

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