It’s not the same as a threat from the National Enquirer delivered to the American President when he’s completely the week’s grocery shopping and is waiting in line to pay. The Chinese tabloid Global Times is more like CNN or MSNBC is to the Obamas or Clintons, a propaganda mouthpiece, the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily.
With the rising profile of Taiwan in the days since Mr. Trump’s victory, the Chinese are threatening an aggressive response if we don’t continue with the kabuki dance of not officially recognizing Taipei as a non-nation, in a manner that is consistent with the dictates of the communists on the mainland.
Those are the same aggressive Chinese who hacked millions of government personnel records, built their military on technology they stole from us, who are building up dredged islands on the property of other sovereign nations, and who regularly engage in provocative close encounters with our aircraft and ships. They’re the same ones that Mr. Trump has identified as also being economic predators and manipulating their currency to achieve an unfair trade advantage.
During a stopover in Houston while en route to Central America, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen met with Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Neither man is accustomed to asking permission, particularly of communist foreign governments, before deciding who they will or will not speak to. She also spoke with Senator John McCain by telephone. Taiwan buys a lot of military hardware from American companies and McCain’s like a Military Industrial complex customer service agent.
The Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, without specifying just what those actions would entail. Trump is also not inclined to ask Chinese permission for who he’s going to be talking to or as to the content of those conversations. Neither he nor any member of his staff, however, had any contact with President Tsai during her stopover and it is unknown whether he plans to have any during her January 13th return and stopover in San Francisco.
China had asked the United States not to allow Tsai to enter or have formal government meetings under the one China policy. It might be time for a two-china policy. The expansionism of China, of which their claim to Taiwan is a component not unlike the island stealing in the Pacific, needs to be formally addressed with a firm hand. The limp-wrist of Hussein Obama was incapable of doing so. Donald Trump can show him how it’s done.
While Beijing continues to benefit from their claims that they are the only China deserving to be recognized, it was the existing government of China which self-exiled to Taiwan following the civil war in 1949. The mainland communists were the breakaway government. Taiwan has governed themselves in the years since, by all definitions, as an independent nation. If anything, it is they who have a legitimate claim to the one-China mantle. Chiang Kai-shek, the exiled leader who relocated to Taiwan, had led the mainland nation prior to the communist takeover.
It’s been 67 years since the end of that war. For the Communists on the mainland to claim that Taiwan, is still part of their country is as legitimate as the British claiming they still own the right to claim the United States, Rothschild and other influences excluded. It’s a ridiculous assertion. Mr. Trump might be the guy to publicly make that statement although it won’t come without repercussions, which could be substantial.
The Global Times laid down the official Red Chinese position and statement, saying, “Sticking to (the one China) principle is not a capricious request by China upon U.S. presidents, but an obligation of U.S. presidents to maintain China-U.S. relations and respect the existing order of the Asia-Pacific.” They added, “If Trump reneges on the one-China policy after taking office, the Chinese people will demand the government to take revenge. There is no room for bargaining.”
Included in Senator Cruz’s remarks was a reference to a letter he and other received requesting that they not meet with the Taiwan President. He said, “The People’s Republic of China needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves. This is not about the PRC. This is about the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, an ally we are legally bound to defend.”
Cruz said he and Tsai discussed upgrading bilateral relations and furthering economic cooperation between their countries, including increased access to Taiwan markets that would benefit Texas ranchers, farmers and small businesses. Tsai seems to recognize, as do many around the globe, that prosperity is returning to America once the trash has been set out by the curb and there may be opportunities for them as well.
The timing is significant – coming just ahead of Mr. Trump meeting with the head of China’s Alibaba, Jack Ma, discussing business opportunities. Trump didn’t need to meet with Tsai to send his message.
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