But within the final decade the army stability throughout the Taiwan Strait has tipped dramatically in China’s favour. The previous formulation not works. Washington insists its policy has not modified however, in crucial methods, it has. The US State Department has been fast to disclaim FMF implies any recognition of Taiwan. However in Taipei it is apparent that America is redefining its relationship with the island, especially so given the urgency with which Washington is pushing Taiwan to re-arm. And Taiwan, which is outmatched by China, needs the help.