China warns Trump Admin. Tread the “dangerous path” with Taiwanese reach
Beijing – With only a few days to go until the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repealed almost four decades of policy that unilaterally restricted official visits by the US government to the democratic island of Taiwan. Pompeo criticized the policy “as an attempt to appease the communist regime in Beijing,” adding, “No more,” to emphasize it.
The State Department quickly put the policy change into practice, announcing that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft would visit Taiwan this week.
Beijing, viewing Taiwan as a breakaway province rightfully part of China, was quick to condemn the move, while Taipei thanked the US for its support.
“We urge the US to adhere to the one-China principle,” Chinese State Department spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Monday, adding that Washington should “not contain words or actions that affect relations between the US and Taiwan or strengthen military ties with Taiwan. “”
He aimed directly at Pompeo: “We advise people like Pompeo to recognize the historical trends, no longer manipulate Taiwanese problems, no longer go against the tide of history, but stop treading the wrong and dangerous path from the History severely punished. ”
But 111 miles across the Taiwan Strait in Taipei, Secretary of State Joseph Wu said in a tweet that he was “grateful” to Pompeo and the State Department for “lifting restrictions that unnecessarily limit our engagements in recent years.”
The U.S. government’s change in policy towards Taiwan sets the stage for Craft’s visit – the first U.S. ambassador’s visit to the United Nations in half a century since Taiwan was officially expelled from the United Nations in 1971. Craft is scheduled to land in Taiwan on Wednesday.
Years of policy change
The Policy Update is the latest in a series of US measures that have brought Taipei closer to Washington, and it follows global recognition of the island’s vibrant democracy and democracy.
In August 2020, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar became the highest-ranking U.S. government official in decades– and to draw Beijing’s conviction. He was also the senior US cabinet official to visit the island since 1979, when Washington officially severed ties with Taipei through a series of agreements with Beijing.
In January 2017, then-elected President Donald Trump took a call to President Tsai – a move that enraged Beijing and set the course for four years of warming US-Taiwan relations and emerged as another point of contention in the deteriorating one USA proved -Beijing relationship.
Biden and the road ahead
Victor Gao, a seasoned international affairs analyst and professor at Soochow University, described Taiwan as “the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations”.
He told CBS News on Monday that by changing US policy, Pompeo had “completely disregarded and distorted history and current geopolitics when he claimed previous US governments since Nixon flew to China in relation to Taiwan.” The vast majority of countries in the world and all. ” The international organizations recognize that there is only one China … Taiwan is not a separate and independent country, it is part of China. Pompeo will not manage to change this reality in the world. ”
Nine days before President-elect Joe Biden takes over the White House, other Chinese scholars in Beijing have been wary of that.
Beijing “prepares for the worst” when it comes to changing US policy over Taiwan and Ambassador Craft’s upcoming visit, said Sun Zhe, director of the US-China Center at Tsinghua University told CBS News.
He said that while “a single visit cannot change current cross-strait relations,” he was “not sure what Biden will do, but he has been careful about the Taiwan issue in the past.”
When then-President George W. Bush tried to defend Taiwan against an increasingly aggressive Beijing in 2001, Sun remarked, “Biden was cautious, and I think he will be more cautious.”
“Craft’s visit is a big event [by the] Trump Administration … to extraordinarily erode [the] US.’ One China policy that has been in place since the beginning of 2018 and accelerated sharply since April 2020, “Professor Shi Yinhong, former director of the Center for American Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, told CBS News. The Biden White House, he added, “could essentially continue the process at less pace and intensity.”
CBS News’s Grace Qi contributed to this report.