Taiwan has become the center stage of the US-China strategic competition?

Taiwan has become the center stage of the US-China strategic competition?  U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 's Asia trip was postponed due to her confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis , but the news that her trip would include a visit to Taiwan still sparked a backlash and a serious warning from Beijing. Scholars believe that the Taiwan issue has increasingly become a core issue in the strategic competition between the United States and China, and will continue to do so.  Since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the Taiwan issue has also become a topic of international public opinion. On Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a congressional hearing that the U.S. will use all tools to impose financial sanctions on China if China invades Taiwan by force. Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Sherman also said at a separate hearing that China should learn from the coordinated Western response to the Ukraine issue that any action to "take Taiwan by force" is "unacceptable." The United States also announced a $95 million arms sale to Taiwan on Tuesday, the third since President Biden took office.  April 10 marks the 43rd anniversary of the legislation of the Taiwan Relations Act . Although there is still a question mark when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be able to visit Taiwan, Robert Sutter , a professor of international affairs at George Washington University in the United States, told this station that in the context of fierce competition between the United States and China, the relationship between the United States and Taiwan will only continue. strengthen. "The U.S. policy toward China will continue to be tough, and in this context, U.S. support for Taiwan will increase."  Xi Jinping's "China Dream" Continues to Elevate the Sensitivity of the Taiwan Issue Since Xi Jinping came to power, he has increasingly shown his ambitions for global expansion, and his policy toward Taiwan has become increasingly tough, especially in his second term. In his speech on the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" in 2019 , Xi Jinping proposed the so-called "peaceful reunification" plan of "one country, two systems" under the "1992 Consensus"  , but refused to give up the option of military reunification. At the same time, in the past two years, China has been sending military planes to disturb Taiwan and sending aircraft carriers through the Taiwan Strait , making the situation in the Taiwan Strait increasingly tense.  Professor Sutter believes that in dealing with the Taiwan issue, Xi Jinping's core goal is to realize his so-called "China Dream". He said: "The 'China Dream' is to have a unified China. This is also the core goal of Xi Jinping after he took office. During his second term , it was even more magnified and emphasized. He abandoned Deng Xiaoping's foreign policy policy and adopted a more Strong and arbitrary way."  Ye Yaoyuan, head of the Department of International Studies and Contemporary Linguistics at the University of St. Thomas, believes that after Xi took office, in order to consolidate his power, he must "pacify the internal and external forces" and use the Taiwan issue to incite domestic nationalism , so this issue has continued to be raised.  "The reason why the Taiwan issue is being hyped up so much at this stage is that the Communist Party understands that Taiwan is unlikely to turn to China, and the second is that there must be a topic in the process of internal propaganda. , that is, the Taiwanese are disobedient, so we (internally) must be more united."  From Trump to Biden, Taiwan has become a core issue of US-China strategy  Looking back at the Trump presidency, the US-China confrontation was mainly based on the trade war. However, with the support of important officials such as National Security Advisor Bolton and Secretary of State Pompeo, the US-Taiwan relationship has also been strengthened in an all-round way . Second arms sales to Taiwan, with a total value of up to 18.3 billion US dollars; support for Taiwan's entry into international organizations; sending cabinet members and Minister of Health Azar to visit Taiwan, etc.  After the Biden administration took office, it has continued to adopt a strategy of competing with China and supporting Taiwan. So far, it has sold arms to Taiwan three times and sent two special missions to Taiwan.  Professor Sutter believes that the strengthening of US relations with Taiwan is not a bargaining chip with China, but a strategic need. "This is not a bargain between the US and China, it's a struggle between two great powers, and that's what the media ignores. They ignore this strategic competition that has continued to intensify over the past few years. This is the US policy toward China getting tough. s reason."  In Sutter's view, the United States faces China's challenges in three major areas: strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific region, competition in high-tech fields, and China's erosion and destruction of universal values ​​and global governance. Taiwan plays an important role in all three aspects, and the United States has to pay attention to Taiwan.  Professor Ye Yaoyuan also believes that the continuous escalation of the Taiwan issue is a reflection of the hegemonic struggle between the United States and China. From 2018 to 2019 , the argument of a "new US-China cold war" has attracted widespread attention, and the US has begun to adopt a containment policy against China, including geopolitical and strategic blockades.  "From this point of view, Taiwan is an important part of the first island chain of the U.S. to fight against China. With such a strategic position, the U.S. would have included Taiwan as a part of its own national interests," he said.  At the same time, Beijing continues to exert strong pressure on Taiwan because it does not like the Tsai Ing-wen government. Professor Sutter believes that Beijing has been trying to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, while the Trump and Biden administrations continue to strengthen their relations with Taiwan in the hope of returning to the original status quo across the Taiwan Strait. The driving force behind the continued escalation of the Taiwan issue is Beijing's harsh approach to Taiwan.   The Russian-Ukrainian war objectively made the international community pay more attention to Taiwan  The current Russian-Ukrainian war has also made the international community, including the United States, pay more attention to the situation in which Taiwan faces a threat from China. In mid- March , Xi Jinping and President Biden held a video call. While discussing the Ukraine issue, the two sides also discussed the Taiwan issue, and the tit-for-tat confrontation further  highlighted the importance of this issue between the United States and China.  However, Professor Sutter believes that the Russian-Ukrainian war will only make China more cautious on the issue of attacking Taiwan by force, weighing the pros and cons. "China doesn't think attacking Taiwan at this moment will benefit it because it would mean a war with the United States, which would only lead to disaster for Xi Jinping's ambitions."  Professor Ye Yaoyuan believes that the situation in Ukraine and Taiwan is not the same. Ukraine is not a core interest to the United States, and the biggest challenge to the United States today is China, not Russia. "The United States stands on the premise of the Russian-Ukrainian war or the Taiwan Strait war, and its rational considerations are different. For the Taiwan Strait war, the United States' national interests will be greatly damaged, so it must be a deterrent, not to let this war. occur."  He believes that the latest wave of US arms sales to Taiwan shows that the United States is increasingly committed to Taiwan's security, because it knows that deterrence is the most effective way to prevent war, so the United States also hopes that Taiwan will have stronger deterrence capabilities .  Will Taiwan's Importance Continue to Rise Under U.S.-China Competition?  The New York Times quoted Evan Medeiros, senior director of Asian affairs at the Obama administration's National Security Council last year , as saying: "Taiwan is no longer a small, narrow issue, it has become center stage in the strategic competition between the U.S. and China. ——It can even be said to be the main storyline.”  Looking forward to the future of US-Taiwan relations, Professor Sutter likened the situation in Taiwan to Berlin in the late 1940s , and believed that Taiwan would continue to be a sensitive place. "The Taiwan issue will continue to be a sensitive issue for quite some time, and during this period of intense U.S.-China competition, the U.S. will be very steadfast in supporting Taiwan."  However, Tang Hao, a self-media person and host of "The Crossroads of the World", told this station that the current criticism of China by some Western political and business elites represented by Soros is only aimed at Xi Jinping, not the CCP. Such an attitude should make people feel vigilance.  "Because if they are only anti-Xi but not anti-Communist, if one day Xi is really replaced, the US-China relationship will change, maybe move towards a new cooperation model, then the importance of Taiwan will be weakened, and Taiwan's risk will be reduced. will rise significantly.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 's Asia trip was postponed due to her confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis , but the news that her trip would include a visit to Taiwan still sparked a backlash and a serious warning from Beijing. Scholars believe that the Taiwan issue has increasingly become a core issue in the strategic competition between the United States and China, and will continue to do so.

Since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the Taiwan issue has also become a topic of international public opinion. On Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a congressional hearing that the U.S. will use all tools to impose financial sanctions on China if China invades Taiwan by force. Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Sherman also said at a separate hearing that China should learn from the coordinated Western response to the Ukraine issue that any action to "take Taiwan by force" is "unacceptable." The United States also announced a $95 million arms sale to Taiwan on Tuesday, the third since President Biden took office.

April 10 marks the 43rd anniversary of the legislation of the Taiwan Relations Act . Although there is still a question mark when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be able to visit Taiwan, Robert Sutter , a professor of international affairs at George Washington University in the United States, told this station that in the context of fierce competition between the United States and China, the relationship between the United States and Taiwan will only continue. strengthen. "The U.S. policy toward China will continue to be tough, and in this context, U.S. support for Taiwan will increase."

Xi Jinping's "China Dream" Continues to Elevate the Sensitivity of the Taiwan Issue
Since Xi Jinping came to power, he has increasingly shown his ambitions for global expansion, and his policy toward Taiwan has become increasingly tough, especially in his second term. In his speech on the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" in 2019 , Xi Jinping proposed the so-called "peaceful reunification" plan of "one country, two systems" under the "1992 Consensus"  , but refused to give up the option of military reunification. At the same time, in the past two years, China has been sending military planes to disturb Taiwan and sending aircraft carriers through the Taiwan Strait , making the situation in the Taiwan Strait increasingly tense.

Professor Sutter believes that in dealing with the Taiwan issue, Xi Jinping's core goal is to realize his so-called "China Dream". He said: "The 'China Dream' is to have a unified China. This is also the core goal of Xi Jinping after he took office. During his second term , it was even more magnified and emphasized. He abandoned Deng Xiaoping's foreign policy policy and adopted a more Strong and arbitrary way."

Ye Yaoyuan, head of the Department of International Studies and Contemporary Linguistics at the University of St. Thomas, believes that after Xi took office, in order to consolidate his power, he must "pacify the internal and external forces" and use the Taiwan issue to incite domestic nationalism , so this issue has continued to be raised.

"The reason why the Taiwan issue is being hyped up so much at this stage is that the Communist Party understands that Taiwan is unlikely to turn to China, and the second is that there must be a topic in the process of internal propaganda. , that is, the Taiwanese are disobedient, so we (internally) must be more united."

From Trump to Biden, Taiwan has become a core issue of US-China strategy
Looking back at the Trump presidency, the US-China confrontation was mainly based on the trade war. However, with the support of important officials such as National Security Advisor Bolton and Secretary of State Pompeo, the US-Taiwan relationship has also been strengthened in an all-round way . Second arms sales to Taiwan, with a total value of up to 18.3 billion US dollars; support for Taiwan's entry into international organizations; sending cabinet members and Minister of Health Azar to visit Taiwan, etc.

After the Biden administration took office, it has continued to adopt a strategy of competing with China and supporting Taiwan. So far, it has sold arms to Taiwan three times and sent two special missions to Taiwan.

Professor Sutter believes that the strengthening of US relations with Taiwan is not a bargaining chip with China, but a strategic need. "This is not a bargain between the US and China, it's a struggle between two great powers, and that's what the media ignores. They ignore this strategic competition that has continued to intensify over the past few years. This is the US policy toward China getting tough. s reason."

In Sutter's view, the United States faces China's challenges in three major areas: strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific region, competition in high-tech fields, and China's erosion and destruction of universal values ​​and global governance. Taiwan plays an important role in all three aspects, and the United States has to pay attention to Taiwan.

Professor Ye Yaoyuan also believes that the continuous escalation of the Taiwan issue is a reflection of the hegemonic struggle between the United States and China. From 2018 to 2019 , the argument of a "new US-China cold war" has attracted widespread attention, and the US has begun to adopt a containment policy against China, including geopolitical and strategic blockades.

"From this point of view, Taiwan is an important part of the first island chain of the U.S. to fight against China. With such a strategic position, the U.S. would have included Taiwan as a part of its own national interests," he said.

At the same time, Beijing continues to exert strong pressure on Taiwan because it does not like the Tsai Ing-wen government. Professor Sutter believes that Beijing has been trying to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, while the Trump and Biden administrations continue to strengthen their relations with Taiwan in the hope of returning to the original status quo across the Taiwan Strait. The driving force behind the continued escalation of the Taiwan issue is Beijing's harsh approach to Taiwan.


The Russian-Ukrainian war objectively made the international community pay more attention to Taiwan
The current Russian-Ukrainian war has also made the international community, including the United States, pay more attention to the situation in which Taiwan faces a threat from China. In mid- March , Xi Jinping and President Biden held a video call. While discussing the Ukraine issue, the two sides also discussed the Taiwan issue, and the tit-for-tat confrontation further  highlighted the importance of this issue between the United States and China.

However, Professor Sutter believes that the Russian-Ukrainian war will only make China more cautious on the issue of attacking Taiwan by force, weighing the pros and cons. "China doesn't think attacking Taiwan at this moment will benefit it because it would mean a war with the United States, which would only lead to disaster for Xi Jinping's ambitions."

Professor Ye Yaoyuan believes that the situation in Ukraine and Taiwan is not the same. Ukraine is not a core interest to the United States, and the biggest challenge to the United States today is China, not Russia. "The United States stands on the premise of the Russian-Ukrainian war or the Taiwan Strait war, and its rational considerations are different. For the Taiwan Strait war, the United States' national interests will be greatly damaged, so it must be a deterrent, not to let this war. occur."

He believes that the latest wave of US arms sales to Taiwan shows that the United States is increasingly committed to Taiwan's security, because it knows that deterrence is the most effective way to prevent war, so the United States also hopes that Taiwan will have stronger deterrence capabilities .

Will Taiwan's Importance Continue to Rise Under U.S.-China Competition?
The New York Times quoted Evan Medeiros, senior director of Asian affairs at the Obama administration's National Security Council last year , as saying: "Taiwan is no longer a small, narrow issue, it has become center stage in the strategic competition between the U.S. and China. ——It can even be said to be the main storyline.”

Looking forward to the future of US-Taiwan relations, Professor Sutter likened the situation in Taiwan to Berlin in the late 1940s , and believed that Taiwan would continue to be a sensitive place. "The Taiwan issue will continue to be a sensitive issue for quite some time, and during this period of intense U.S.-China competition, the U.S. will be very steadfast in supporting Taiwan."

However, Tang Hao, a self-media person and host of "The Crossroads of the World", told this station that the current criticism of China by some Western political and business elites represented by Soros is only aimed at Xi Jinping, not the CCP. Such an attitude should make people feel vigilance.

"Because if they are only anti-Xi but not anti-Communist, if one day Xi is really replaced, the US-China relationship will change, maybe move towards a new cooperation model, then the importance of Taiwan will be weakened, and Taiwan's risk will be reduced. will rise significantly.
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