Taiwan's precarious status with China puts the United States in a difficult position, facing the possibility of being drawn into an international dispute if they ever support a Taiwanese declaration of independence. The fragile relations between these countries have led some experts to label the Straits of Taiwan "one of the most dangerous places in the world." Frontline and the New York Times explore tensions that have existed between China and the U.S., most recently illustrated by the U.S. spy plane incident off China's coast in 2001. China has supported some Islamic states considered enemies to the U.S. Now, as the U.S. works to establish a worldwide coalition against international terrorism in the wake of the September 11 tragedy, the question is, whose side will China take?
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