What Kind of Taiwan Policy Is This?

21 Sep

Taiwan will rejoin the United Nations when it’s no longer an important issue, or the Taiwan Straits crisis is defused. Until then, it’s an insult to Taipei, but life goes on.

But, I just don’t understand :

It would be dubious enough for the United States to risk war with an emerging great power like China to defend a small client state, even if that state were making a serious effort to provide for its own defense. It would be even worse to incur that risk on behalf of a client state that is not willing to make a robust defense effort. To minimize the risk of a disastrous conflict, America should promptly terminate any implied defense commitment to Taiwan.

Perhaps Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bien is making noises for the sake of his party’s and his own political fortunes? Perhaps, he trusts the US and China to keep events in the region in perspective? Perhaps, of anything just to make itself look hegemonic in the region? points this out when he rips Frank Ching:

…it would have been OK for Beijing to invade Taiwan, plunge the region into war, disrupt the world economy, and murder hundreds of thousands of people because Chen did something “irresponsible” like changing the name of the gas company, but Beijing was, you know, statesmen-like and all, “restraining itself.” One is forced to ponder why, if Beijing’s positions are so wonderful, it needs to be restrained in the first place.

Equally suspect is the kind of administration, where a weak president is afraid of a little political activity in a region outside his prescribed zone of concern because it forces him to do his job. And, when you (where Tim Johnson is hosting a debate on Taiwan), it shouts, “Overworked!”

If two great powers go to war over a small shrimp like Taiwan, who’s dumber? Answer: the American president who got suckered into it.

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