Beijing Uses Trump’s Taiwan Policy to Create Tension in Taiwan Strait


Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei, Taiwan, in this handout photo made available December 3, 2016. Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei, Taiwan, in this handout photo made available December 3, 2016. Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Trump uses Taiwan as a bargaining chip to force Beijing to give the US trade concessions. However, it provides Beijing with the excuse to create tension in Taiwan Strait.

In its report “China says damage to ‘one China’ principle would impact peace” Reuters quotes An Fengshan, a spokesman for Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office, as saying that the ‘one China’ principle is the political basis of developing China-U.S. relations, and is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

According to Reuters, Mr. An says “If this basis is interfered with or damaged then the healthy, stable development of China-U.S. relations is out of the question, and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait will be seriously impacted”.

That shows that Trump’s interference or damage of the political basis will give Beijing the pretext to attack Taiwan if Beijing wants to take Taiwan by force or to create tension in Taiwan Strait if Beijing wants to scare away investment from Taiwan to make President Tsai Ing-wen unable to achieve much wanted economic growth for Taiwan.

I believe military solution of Taiwan issue is Beijing’s last resort as Beijing has to deal with serious aftermath of the war. Beijing would rather have the excuse to create tension in the strait to scare away investment from Taiwan. Taiwan’s economy will suffer seriously as Beijing will, in addition, cancel the preferential treatment it has provided for the pro-Beijing KMT government.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be found at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-china-taiwan-idUSKBN14309D

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4 Comments on “Beijing Uses Trump’s Taiwan Policy to Create Tension in Taiwan Strait”

  1. Steve says:

    Trump is acting on advice given by his think tank advisers. Th US has lost control on the Philippines and SCS, as President Duterte disallowed the US navy to utilise it’s naval base as a stopover for US FONOPs. The US has lost its strategy in the SCS, with only bases from Japan, Guam and Aircraft Carriers. The newly proposed US air base (at least 5) in the Philippines are now questionable. Using Taiwan as a bargaining chip and questioning the legitimacy of the One China policy to gain trade concessions is kicking below the waistline. The Silly Taiwanese should realise they have being treated like second class citizens or animals with a herding mentality. Should China provide US with trade concessions, Taiwan will be herded back to the enclosure of the One China sovereignty. If not, the US may recognise Taiwan’s legitimacy for independence and thus, opening the doors to military unification.

    China should use it’s economic strength and foreign diplomacy to lower the market value or GDP of Taiwan, to deter investments from abroad, reduce diplomatic recognition and aggravate tensions in Taiwan’s weak economic status. Now is the time to scare the DPP and provincial pro independent islanders.

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    • joe says:

      I have not visited Taiwan for a long time but friend and relatives tell me that the Country is going down hill. There is no energy left in the people and the Country. All Chinese and Taiwanese know that Taiwan/Formosa was used by the Japanese as spies during the war and know that trump is up to no good in splitting China and Taiwan. When he really tries to do that then the people of Chinese extraction will get wise. The outcome is clear.

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      • Steve says:

        Agree – Taiwanese is in a political predicament, brainwashed by past politicians (like Lee Teng Hui) and now DPP with Tsai swinging to extremism for independence. Historically, Culturally and Geographically, Taiwan is an inherent part of China, it can never be separated.

        There is no point blaming the US politicians, they are natural born political thieves. Remember the Vietnam and Iraq war.? If they can steal your country’s wealth and people by conquest or separation for political gains, with a blink of an eye your country will be colonised and people killed. The sad truth is pro independent Taiwanese is splitting Taiwan from China. It’s not Trump or the US, it’s Taiwanese – dog bite dog. Young people especially university students will easily be brainwashed, it is an unpleasant situation that is actually caused by Taiwanese. Just yesterday, Tsai Ing Wen said that she will welcome US political and economical benefits. I am afraid Taiwan will be bankrupt sooner or later.

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        • joe says:

          Thai’s support is falling because people need to eat. Without China’s help Taiwan will be a shadow of itself in no time. America has nothing to give. India is still waiting for $1billion that Obama promised two years ago. Deterer was promised $26billion and Malaysia $26billion a couple of months ago. Lets see. Trump has told Nato and Japan to cough up and carry their own ass. Tsai will stand in line for some old navy boats and no parts from Japan or America. The young Taiwanese are out of Taiwan and working for peanuts now. Sad. Thai will make Taiwan even poorer.

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