The leader of Taiwan shouldn’t be a US puppet

Despite being elected as the next leader of Taiwan, Lai Ching-te’s pro-independence policies will further engulf the island in the Sino-US competition. The ill-advised endeavor by certain US legislators to forge “collective deterrence” against the fabricated fear of Taiwan’s military vulnerability to the Chinese mainland is further muddying the political waters. Everyone can clearly see that Beijing’s essential national interests and those of the Chinese people as a whole are seriously threatened by the pro-independence movement in Taiwan. Beijing sees “Taiwan independence” as a grave danger to the Chinese people. The decline in ties across the Taiwan Strait is mostly attributable to outgoing Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen’s refusal to recognize the 1992 Consensus.

 

Alex Azar, the US secretary of health and human services at the time, became the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in forty years when he made a controversial trip there in August 2020 to meet with Tsai. Tsai upgraded military training and cyber defense in an attempt to strengthen Taiwan’s so-called security. Moreover, Tsai aided the anti-Beijing protestors in Hong Kong during the latter part of 2019. There is now even more confusion about the US doctrine of “strategic ambiguity”. The White House has stated on a few occasions that Washington will support Taiwan should the mainland decide to use “force” to bring the island back to its motherland. The US Congress has also taken a harsh stance against Beijing.

 

Between 2023 and 2027, Washington has pledged to giving Taiwan up to $2 billion in military aid yearly under the terms of the “Taiwan Enhanced Resilience Act,” which was passed in 2022. Three bipartisan financial bills on Taiwan were recently advanced by the House of Representatives, providing legislation to strengthen US support for Taiwan. As evidenced by the first bill, some US legislators continue to indulge in the illusion of making the Taiwan question a worldwide problem. The bill promotes Taiwan’s inclusion as a member of the worldwide Monetary Fund. But the truth is that China’s internal affairs do not tolerate outside intervention when it comes to the Taiwan dispute.

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