After closely following the atmosphere of the war in Ukraine, which coincided with the organization of the “Beijing Winter Paralympic Games”, which opened on Friday, March 4, 2022, at the (National Stadium in the capital, “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing). I could easily notice the impact of the Ukrainian-Russian war on the atmosphere and ceremonies of the opening ceremony itself in Beijing, which was overshadowed by a storm of controversy after the (exclusion of the Russian and Belarusian athletes), due to the Russian attack on Ukraine, despite China’s initial approval to host and participate in the players of both “Russia and Belarus”, even under a (neutral flag of the two countries to encourage the spirit of sports competition in the world), away from conflicts and wars, but the determination of many countries and athletes to exclude the Russian and Belarusian athletes from all sports activities and competitions, prevented them from participating in the (Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing). My most important analytical observations on the symbolism and importance of China’s hosting of the “Winter Paralympic Games” in Beijing, despite the global challenges and risks surrounding them are, as follows:
I can describe the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as “reflecting the words of Chinese President Comrade Xi Jinping” in all his speeches on the “common destiny of mankind and human unity”.
Especially, the holding of the Paralympic Games in the period of the Corona pandemic “Covid-19” and the spread of the “Omicron pandemic” globally as well, was a dangerous matter, but the Chinese government and the organizers of the Winter Olympics in Beijing and the Paralympic Games as well have designed a new strategy to facilitate the matter and maintain the health situation well.
Despite the Chinese welcoming of openness and peace building, and raising the slogan of the “principle of non-politicization of sport”, by avoiding the language of war and conflict in the Paralympic Games, Russia and Belarus were excluded from participating in sports. Here, I can describe the Chinese insistence on welcoming everyone’s participation in the Paralympics, despite the Chinese emphasis on “not politicizing sports and sporting events”. Therefore, the symbolism of this Chinese openness to the world, and its rejection of the politicization of sports in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022, is that the words of Chinese President Comrade “Xi Jinping” are reflected in all his speeches on the “common destiny of mankind and human unity”.
China has raised the slogan “joint preparation for the Olympics”, as a basis for dealing with the preparatory work for the Winter Olympics, and considering it, as a (major project for the livelihood and happiness of the Chinese people, and the mobilization of all social forces to participate in it, so that the Chinese people benefit from it).
What was striking to me was the opening ceremony speech of the President of the International Paralympic Committee, “Andrew Parsons”, his clear reference to the themes of peace and sporting excellence, and his emphasis on:
“The 21st century is a time for dialogue and diplomacy, not war and hate, and the Olympic Truce must be respected and not violated. Here in Beijing, Paralympic athletes from 46 different countries will compete with each other, not against each other. humanity, and they will shed light on the values on which a peaceful and inclusive world should be based”
China has proven during the Paralympic Games that it has a great global ability to host the Paralympic Games, as it did in the Winter Olympics, and even increased its chances of organizing all the upcoming global sporting events.
The opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Friday, March 4, 2022, in the Chinese capital, “Beijing”, was promoted as carrying a slogan and messages for all humanity, under the title: “A message of peace”. This is something that various countries of the world have been waiting for during the opening day of the Winter Paralympics. Through its success in hosting global sporting events, China showed world leaders its ability to “unite mankind and its sporting destiny, and also to address epidemics such as the “Covid-19 Pandemic”. The Beijing Winter Paralympic Games raised a very important slogan, that we can unite as human beings and to enhance our true strength in order to uphold the values of peace, understanding and inclusion globally.
Guided by the vision of hosting its Winter Paralympics, China has made a “green, inclusive, open and clean” Paralympic Games, and has made unremitting efforts and steady progress to ensure that the demands of the International Paralympic Committee are met, and the demands of all players are satisfied and the players are satisfied. Which made it more confident and better prepared for the International Paralympic sports event, and proved its ability to host all international sporting events.
The Chinese government was keen to (complete the construction of all twelve stadiums to host the Beijing Winter Olympics and the 2022 Paralympics), and was keen to support it with advanced scientific technology. Beijing is a world-class advanced.
The Chinese government has completed all the final touches and improvements to all venues for hosting Paralympic sports events in an unprecedented global manner, and (rehabilitating the three Olympic villages in Beijing to be able to host the International Paralympic sports event). In addition, the renovation of the venues for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2022 Games has been successfully completed.
China has developed the areas of (Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou) for the competitions in the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games, which were hosted by Beijing and Zhangjiakou, as the joint host city in (Northern China’s Hebei Province), China has equipped them with the highest advanced levels to receive guests and players from all over the world and its responsible as well.
I have noticed the start of Chinese procedures since the end of 2021, to complete the preparation of more than (12 international stadiums adequately for the needs of the players participating in the Winter Paralympic Games), in addition to ensuring strong and clear Chinese procedures, policies and controls to complete the organization of the hosting activities of the International Paralympic Games for a period of three weeks, to include: (Training, comprehensive qualification, sports competitions themselves), through China conducting practical sports experiments, and conducting two local experiments in an organized manner, with the aim of testing and succeeding everything related to the Paralympic sports and competitions in Beijing.
The Chinese experience has become successful in (hosting all these competitions and Paralympic activities, with the participation of more than 2000 athletes and international Paralympic players), with officials of their training and preparation team and other individuals from abroad, as well as a number of prominent officials and important international figures.
It is believed that China conducted such comprehensive tests to ensure that all possibilities for hosting the International Paralympic Games came out, which included tightening closed procedures, policies and controls throughout the period of the sports competitions themselves for safety amid the Covid-19 epidemic, in accordance with (operational and safety standards in actual competitions). China has laid a strong foundation to ensure the safe and smooth hosting of the Paralympic Games in Beijing as scheduled globally with the best capabilities.
Here, we can find praise from the international community and the officials of the International Paralympic Committee itself, as well as all (the unanimous positive reactions from the outstanding Paralympic athletes), who participated in the Winter Paralympic sports competitions in Beijing 2022.
It has also been (improving and developing all the accommodations of the Paralympic players, and the quality of the places and areas in which they were staying in Beijing very much). There was a lot of admiration on their part, not only regarding participation in these sporting events, but their unanimous positive feedback on both China’s organizing of the technical aspect and their personal admiration for the Chinese hosting of them.
China has extended its arms to assist outstanding Paralympic athletes in winter sports from various countries with their escorts. Paralympic athletes, in their presence in China, acquired many wonderful sports and technical organizational skills, through frequent training, good quality and hosting, which (supported their future relationship with China, so that everyone gathers together in Beijing under the Paralympic banner).
Here, we can apply the meaning of (the mathematical common destiny of mankind to all the Paralympic athletes in Beijing as opponents in sports competitions and representatives of Paralympic values), which is represented in excellence, friendship, respect and solidarity, inspiring and helping each other to improve performance.
The Paralympic Games in China are a miniature version of the global village, where athletes, doing their best to realize their dreams, live under one roof in the olympic villages, and (their communicating with each other, they learn about the distinctive magic of different cultures, and sow seeds of peace, friendship and progress in all directions, turning the world into a unified team).
China was also able and succeeded in (disseminating its concepts of the unity of human destiny by linking countries more closely through sports), so the capital, Beijing, appeared in 2022, as the great stage in which many good stories arose.
The Chinese Paralympic Committee has also been (keen to strengthen and spread the slogans it believes in globally, with an emphasis on the word “together”). The length of the Paralympic Games, for a stronger Paralympic sports community.
Hence, (China sent a clear message to the International Paralympic Committee and the world, consistent with the idea of building a community with a shared future for mankind, during China’s hosting of the Winter Olympics in a safe and advanced technological and unprecedented manner), so China gave global impetus to the International Paralympic event, in The same irresistible trend of the times, in order to realize the values of peace, development and win-win cooperation, that is, between China and the international Paralympic players.
Thus, Chinese wisdom, Chinese solutions, and Chinese power, along with the Olympic Games, added a strong impetus to building a better world, after that international testimony and the great international consensus on (China’s ability to unite all these different human beings, and considering that an inherent goal in the Winter Paralympics).
And we can confirm the success of the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games will (connect the Chinese people with the world, change the views of global Paralympic players and their vision of China away from the politicization of sports and sporting events), they will understand the country’s vision and (engage with millions of people and fans to improve all misinformation about China).
China emerged as a (strong promoter and practitioner of the true Paralympic spirit and the international Paralympic sports movement), paving the way for China to present a wonderful painting depicting China’s superiority in organizing winter sports to the world.
China has also succeeded in the (global challenge represented in its ability to host important international sporting events after the outbreak of the “Covid-19” epidemic), all over the world, as the Paralympic spirit and the power of sports played a unique role in the response of all the participating countries to the challenge. Here, people in different countries are looking forward to the opening of the Beijing Paralympic Games in Beijing 2022, which will be an occasion that the whole world will praise the value of passion, dreams, courage and strength, as well as teamwork and solidarity.
The main opening words of the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games, were:
“Let us all anticipate the moment when the Paralympic torch will light the sky in Beijing and make the torch of hope shine in everyone’s hearts. Let us work together for a common future, that is the essence of what the International Paralympic Movement does and what it represents in terms of universally shared values, foundations and standards, which we must not lose sight of, whatever the circumstances”
From here, we arrive at the fact that China’s success in presenting an honorable image of it globally at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Paralympic Games has become an inspiring and unique experience for the whole world, and the Chinese production of the event has succeeded globally, by conveying to the world how the Chinese people understand the world, and the global view of China in the new era of during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the words of the Chinese President, Comrade “Xi Jinping”, succeeded in saying: “We hope to convey the concept of value of the bond of common future for mankind to the world through technical methods and methods”.
What China Does Not Know about India
Indian authorities said on April 30 that they discovered Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Group had made illegal remittances to foreign entities by passing them off as royalty payments. As a result, they seized USD 725 million from Xiaomi’s local bank account in India. I deemed that the Chinese smartphone company has a misunderstanding of India and how the Indians do business.
China still does not comprehend India. While the Chinese often consider their own country as an ancient and great civilization, Indians consider India as an even more ancient and greater civilization.
India established diplomatic relations with China in the second year of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Following this, New Delhi issued a statement supporting China’s entry as a permanent member of the United Nations’ Security Council. Many Chinese, therefore, often perceive that China-India relations were rather good at that time. If not completely incorrect, this is at least a subjective misunderstanding of India on China’s part.
In reality, India prided itself as a great country in the world, vis-à-vis with Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. By recognizing China, India showed the two great powers that it has the authority to self-determination.
For a long time, China has created an impression within the country that it is the founder of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Back in 1955, Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru had already issued a call for the creation of the movement to the world, which gained support from many developing countries, including China. The rest of the world, including India, sees China as merely a responder to NAM. The world, not least India, perceive China to be a mere member of the NAM, not a founder. As the initiator of NAM, Prime Minister Nehru naturally became its spokesperson and leader of the organization. He was especially responsible for delivering speeches in many developing countries on international affairs.
From the points of India’s view, the well-known Bandung Conference held in Indonesia in 1955 has its origin as India’s idea as early as 1947. It was only because of India’s help that China was allowed to attend the NAM conference, which introduced the People’s Republic to the world. These perceptions of India are indeed, largely true. The relationship between India and China at that time was far closer than that between Pakistan and China today.
On the international front, India would even be chosen as a mediator in the disputes between the United States and the Soviet Union. President Dwight Eisenhower also complimented India at the Indian Parliament, saying, “India speaks to the other nations of the world with the greatness of conviction and is heard with greatness of respect”. It is rare for any U.S. President to heap this kind of praise on a country. Much later, President Donald Trump also inherited this momentum and arranged for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to jointly hold a session in the United States, where they were well-received by both Indians and Americans alike. This certainly added to India’s national pride.
The Soviet Union at that time also recognized India’s status in the world, and it actively wooed India. Being able to make friends with India was synonymous with having several NAM countries as partners, which was anything but trivial. Indeed, from the past to the present, from India-Soviet friendship to today’s India-Russia relations, the two countries’ friendly relationship has a history of more than 70 years, and it has not changed despite numerous trials. The Chinese would make a blunder if they believe that such relationships could be challenged solely through the use of money.
“India was, I guess, the most positive example of USSR’s connections with non-socialist states,” states Sergei Lounev, professor of Oriental Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The professor was certainly not exaggerating. As early as 1971, the Soviet Union and India signed a Friendship Treaty, pledging to act against any military alliance or aggression directed against either of the two nations. For the Soviet Union, it was the first such treaty signed with a country that did not formally embrace socialism.
All of this is history. However, the Chinese appear to understand India poorly, and the same is true in India’s understanding of China, resulting in frequent misperceptions. With its strong nationalist sentiment, India believes it is stronger, wiser, and better than China, and its actions would naturally reflect this belief.
Holding on to Uncle Sam: US-Taiwan Relations
The bilateral ties between the United States of America and Taiwan or the Republic of China (ROC) have developed through a peculiar and complex course. The relationship, however ambiguous, continues to form a crucial aspect of security relations in East Asia.
When the Communist forces led by Mao Zedong expelled Chiang Kai shek’s Nationalist regime, who fled to the isle of Taiwan in 1949, US President Harry Truman decided to accept the inevitability of the Communist victory in China and even planned to work out a bilateral relationship with the newly established People’s Republic of China without heeding much to the plight of his former ally Chiang. It was the eruption of the Korean War (1950-1953), which displayed the strength and danger of a Communist alliance between the Soviet Union, China and North Korea, that made President Truman realise the importance of supporting the staunchly anti-Communist regime of Chiang’s Kuomintang (KMT) as a bulwark against what became apparently the rising tide of Communism in the third world nations of Asia. The raison d’être of Chiang’s regime was to overthrow the Communist Party rule in Beijing and “reunify” Taiwan and Mainland China, an act that both the KMT and CCP believed would restore China’s historical rights over the island snatched away by the Japanese and would redeem the historical injustices it faced at the hands of the colonial powers. Chiang constantly insisted for the United States to help him in waging a war against Mao to achieve this objective. However, Washington was not ready to support another war in the region.
Chiang finally succeeded in framing Mao’s maritime offensive acts during the early 1950s as a growing threat and pursued the Eisenhower administration to sign with him the 1954 Mutual Defense Treaty which promised military protection for his regime. The United States abdided by Chiang’s One China policy under which it recognised that Chiang’s Republic of China was the sole legitimate representative government of the one China that exists on the face of the earth.
It was by utilising Washington’s vast diplomatic clout that Chiang did not just earn non-socialist allies but also found place in the United Nations Security Council as a Permanent Member.
However, the golden days couldn’t last long. The growing differences between China and the Soviet Union became more apparent by the 1970s and gave way to clear enmity as border clashes and ideological tensions ensued. The United States saw this development as an opportunity to crack the socialist international alliance and decided to turn the dynamics of the security triangle between itself, Moscow and Beijing in its favour by recognising the People’s Republic of China. US President Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972 and the Shanghai Communiqué that followed stated that ‘Chinese on both sides of the border believe that there is but one China’ and that ‘Taiwan is a part of China’. Washington left it to the CCP and KMT to decide which one represented the “One China” and promised not to intervene. In 1979, came a decisive shift as the United States established official ties with the PRC. Following Beijing’s non-negotiable One China Policy, Washington broke away all official ties with the ROC and officially recognised the PRC as the sole legitimate representative of the one China.
This came as a major setback for Chiang not just as a great betrayal but also as following Washington, several non-socialist allies like Canada shifted to recognise Beijing. Chiang refused to budge on his One China policy and broke away all ties with any country who recognised Beijing which costed him much of his diplomatic standing.
A major shock came when the issue of the permanent seat at the UNSC was raised. Washington asked Chiang to accept simultaneous representation of both ROC and PRC but the latter refused it and as UNSC Resolution 2758 was raised at the 26th United Nations General Assembly to oust ROC, Chiang staged a walkout thus leaving the space for the PRC to gain. What followed was a period of diplomatic isolation as by 1980s, the ROC was ousted from most major international organisations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as space was created for the PRC to be accomodated.
The only positive development for the Republic of China was the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 by the US Congress as a response to the government’s decision to establish official ties with Beijing. Thanks to an active Taiwan lobby, many Senators opposed the government’s decision and claimed that Washington must retain unofficial ties with Taiwan. Under the TRA, Washington not only maintains robust socioeconomic and cultural relations with Taiwan which function through the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US which function in more or less the same way as the embassy but also maintains that any resolution to the Taiwan issue in a way other than a peaceful measure would be considered by Washington as a threat on the Western Pacific, implying its security perceptions of an expanse covering the concerns of the United States of America.
Democracy hues: Reunification to Independence
While the TRA brought some respite, Chiang Kai shek’s son Chiang Ching kuo, who took over the reins of governance after his father, realised the importance of democratisation in order to not just enhance Taiwan’s soft power among the liberal West but to also make it appeal to the Mainland Chinese who had presented the demand for civil freedom and democratic rights in the Tiananmen Square Movement of 1984. Hence, in 1987, the martial law was removed. Chiang’s successor, Lee Teng hui declared a unilateral end to the Chinese Civil war in 1991 thus, establishing socioeconomic and cultural ties with the Mainland and breaking away from the old KMT tradition of No Contact, No Negotiation and No Compromise with Communist China.
While the rhetoric of abiding by the “One China Policy” was maintained, Taiwan inched closer to an independent status, thanks to the democratisation process which made it important for the regime to reflect on the popular opinion which turned heavily anti-unification. With a proliferation of governmental and indigenous non-governmental organisations such as civil societies and political parties; deregulation of media and educational reforms among other changes led to the emergence of a new islander Taiwanese identity as distinct from Chinese ethnicity. For instance, in the 1994 White Paper Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan dissociated Republic of China from One China for the first time while maintaining the rhetoric of abiding by the policy. Such sentiments further developed as the leader of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) (which calls for Taiwan’s independence from the Mainland), Chen Shui bian, became the first non-KMT President in Taiwanese history. The growing strength of such sentiments is reflected in the eruption of the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan against President Ma Ying-jeou’s “viable diplomacy” with Mainland China which the protestors saw as making Taiwan increasingly economically dependent on Beijing which hampered the prospects for its independence as well as in the election victory of DPP’s Presidential candidate Tsai Ing wen who remains a major pro-Independence figure.
Thus, during the Cold War itself, Taiwan’s Foreign policy has changed from pressing the United States to recognise it as the One China to the one of being recognised as an independent sovereign nation which historically developed distinctly from that of China. Ever since the fall of the USSR in 1991 and the end of the Cold War which made Washington the undisputed hegemon in the international order, the United States has shifted its focus away from Taiwan to other regions such as Afghanistan where it finds its national interests served best. Taiwanese foreign policy in such a scenario has been to hold onto the United States as much as it can so as to ensure regime survival.
Is Taiwan still important to the United States?
While the dilution of ideological politics and increased communication with China since its Reform and Opening up (改革开放) in 1978 and the fall of the USSR has decreased Taiwan’s relevance for the United States, it still remains important.
First and foremost is the strategic reason as access to Taiwan presents a wide maritime defense depth for launching both offensive and counteroffensive measures.
Second, Taiwan is a region rich in natural resources particularly coal, oil and gas.
Third, as a democracy which has remained favourable to it since the very beginning, the United States does not just feel obligated to protect Taiwan for ideological reasons but also Taiwan’s presence as a flourishing democracy poses a major domestic political challenge to the CCP led PRC where the regime has taught its people that Western style democracy is unfit to Chinese culture and civilisational history.
Fourth and most importantly, the United States’ hegemony rests on its control of the Asia-Pacific region and though it might seem to be reducing its expanse, leaving China to take over Taiwan and the vast strategic importance it holds would be the last nail in the coffin of the era of US hegemony. The US hence, would fight till the last to maintain its relevance in the region by keeping Taiwan independent.
Is it important enough to go to war?
Though Taiwan is important to Washington, it puzzles many analysts if it would go to war with China in case Beijing tries to take over the island.
While the nuclear nature of both the nations is a huge deterrent which would, if at all, lead to a pyrrhic victory; the vastly enmeshed Sino-American economic relations is also a major reason where any hard blow on the Chinese economy would also hit Washington’s. If the United States loses the war, it would not just be immensely destroyed but would exit the world stage with a bang rather than a whimper making it harder to stand back as a world leader. Moreover, even if the United States wins, there would be no guarantee that China would not recuperate its forces and try another time to occupy the territory leading to more hostility and instability.
At the turn of the century, the United States realised China’s rise as an indisputable fact which meant that whether Washington liked it or not, it would constantly find Beijing on its way at every juncture. While such a development does not always mean confrontation or ensure cooperation, it shows the importance of dialogue and compromise in order to maintain stability which is mutually beneficial. Hence, while the United States would not sit back and watch Beijing take over Taiwan, it is also true that it would not rush to wage a war. Even though Beijing has stepped up its rhetoric of absorbing Taiwan with force if necessary, it realises that such a move would not be a cakewalk and hence is likely to consider other options before using force. The hard part of such developments is that it has reduced the central focus of Taiwan’s Foreign policy to holding onto the United States and by putting all its eggs in the American basket, Taiwan can hardly do anything substantial rather than wait for the two superpowers to decide on its future.
U.S. Violates Its Promises to China; Asserts Authority Over Taiwan
As Werner Rügemer headlined on 28 November 2021 and truthfully summarized the relevant history, “Taiwan: US deployment area against mainland China — since 1945”. However, despite that fact, America did officially issue a “Joint Communique” with China recognizing and acknowledging not only that Taiwan is a province of China but that for America or its allies or any other nation to challenge that historical fact would be unethical.
The U.S. regime hides this crucial historical fact, in order to hoodwink its masses of suckers into assuming to the exact contrary — that Taiwan isn’t a Chinese province. Here is how they do this:
The CIA-edited and written Wikipedia, which blacklists (blocks from linking to) sites that aren’t CIA-approved, is the first source for most people who become interested in what is officially known as the Shanghai Communique of 1972, or the 27 February 1972 “JOINT COMMUNIQUE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA”. That article, avoids presenting the Communique’s 1,921-word text, but instead provides, in its “Document” section, a mere 428-word very selective, and sometimes misleading, summary of some of the document’s less-important statements, and also fails to provide any link to the document itself, which they are hiding from readers.
The U.S. regime’s Wilson Center does have an article “JOINT COMMUNIQUE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA”, at which only the document’s opening 286 words are shown, while the rest is veiled and the reader must then do additional clicks in order to get to it.
The U.S. State Department’s history site, does provide the entire 1,921-word document, but under a different title, one that plays down the document’s actual importance, “Joint Statement Following Discussions With Leaders of the People’s Republic of China”. (If it’s a “Joint Statement,” then whom are the “Leaders of the People’s Republic of China” “jointly” issuing it with — that title for it is not only false, it is plain stupid, not even referring to the U.S, at all.) Consequently, anyone who seeks to find the document under its official and correct title won’t get to see it at the U.S. State Department’s site.
Here are some of the important statements in this document (as shown below that stupid title for it at the State Department’s site):
With these principles of international relations in mind the two sides stated that:
—progress toward the normalization of relations between China and the United States is in the interests of all countries;
—both wish to reduce the danger of international military conflict;
—neither should seek hegemony in the Asia–Pacific region and each is opposed to efforts by any other country or group of countries to establish such hegemony; and
—neither is prepared to negotiate on behalf of any third party or to enter into agreements or understandings with the other directed at other states.
Both sides are of the view that it would be against the interests of the peoples of the world for any major country to collude with another against other countries, or for major countries to divide up the world into spheres of interest. …
The U.S. side declared: The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States Government does not challenge that position. It reaffirms its interest in a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves. With this prospect in mind, it affirms the ultimate objective of the withdrawal of all U.S. forces and military installations from Taiwan. In the meantime, it will progressively reduce its forces and military installations on Taiwan as the tension in the area diminishes.
The Wikipedia article’s 428-word summary of the “Document” did include parts of the paragraph which started “The U.S. side declared,” but the summary closed by alleging that the document “did not explicitly endorse the People’s Republic of China as the whole of China. Kissinger described the move as ‘constructive ambiguity,’ which would continue to hinder efforts for complete normalization.” How that passage — or especially the entire document — could have been stated with less “ambiguity” regarding “the People’s Republic of China as the whole of China” wasn’t addressed. In fact, the statement that “all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China” includes asserting that the Taiwanese people “maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.” So: the U.S. did agree with that, even signed to it in 1972. If the U.S. refuses to agree with it now, then what was the U.S. agreeing to in that Communique, and under what circumstances does the Communique become null and void for either of the two agreeing Parties to it? When does it stop being binding? Perhaps the document should have added something like “The U.S. Government will never try to break off pieces of China.” But maybe if that were to have been added to it, then the U.S. regime wouldn’t have signed to anything with China. Is the U.S. regime really that Hitlerian? Is this what is ‘ambiguous’ about the document?
In fact, the affirmation that, “The United States Government does not challenge that position. It reaffirms its interest in a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves. With this prospect in mind, it affirms the ultimate objective of the withdrawal of all U.S. forces and military installations from Taiwan.” is now routinely being violated by the U.S. regime. Here’s an example:
One of the leading U.S. billionaires-funded think tanks, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), was co-founded by Kurt Campbell, who is Joe Biden’s “Asia co-ordinator” or “Asia Tsar” with the official title of “National Security Council Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific.” The other co-founder is Michèle Flournoy, who also co-founded with the current Secretary of State Antony Blinken, WestExec Advisors, which firm’s client-list is secret but generally assumed to be top investors in firms such as Lockheed Martin. That advisory firm’s activities are also secret.
Perhaps nothing is more profitable than trading on inside information regarding corporations whose main, if not only, sales are to the U.S. Government and its allied governments. Trading on inside information needs to be secret in order to be non-prosecutable. The clients of WestExec Advisors might be extraordinarily successful investors, because they’ve hired people who have ‘the right’ contacts in the federal bureaucracy and so know where your ‘national security’ tax-dollars are likeliest to be spent next.
CNAS issued, in October 2021, “The Poison Frog Strategy: Preventing a Chinese Fait Accompli Against Taiwanese Islands”. It was written as-if the Shanghai Communique hadn’t prohibited this. The presumption there was instead that America and Taiwan would have so much raised the heat against China’s not being picked apart, so as for China to have militarily responded in order to hold itself together; and, then, a stage, “MOVE 2,” would be reached, in which:
The Taiwan and U.S. teams engaged in more direct communication, which aided the U.S. team in framing the crisis. By Move 2, the U.S. team had accepted that using military force to retake Dongsha would be too escalatory and might disrupt the formation of any counter-China coalition. Accordingly, the team reframed the takeover of Dongsha as an opportunity to expose Chinese belligerence and to encourage states to join together to balance against China’s aggressive behavior. The U.S. team’s decision to place U.S. military forces on Taiwan during Move 1 became a key driver for the rest of the game.
By Move 3, both the U.S. and Taiwan teams were in difficult positions. The U.S. team did not want to let Chinese aggression go unpunished, both for the sake of Taiwan and within the context of the broader regional competition. At the same time, the U.S. team wanted to show its partners and allies that it was a responsible power capable of negotiating and avoiding all-out war. The Taiwan team was caught in an escalating great-power crisis that threatened to pull Taiwan into a war that it was trying to avoid. The Taiwan team had to balance its relationships and policies with the United States and China while simultaneously spearheading de-escalation. And in the early part of the game, before communication between the United States and Taiwan teams improved, the Taiwan team had, unbeknownst to the U.S. team, set up a back channel with the China team. At the same time the back-channel negotiations were ongoing, the U.S. team was still, in fact, considering additional escalatory action against the China team. …
Toward the end of the game, the U.S. and Taiwan teams’ main strategy was to isolate China diplomatically and economically and garner enough international backing among allies and partners to make that isolation painful. To this end, the Taiwan team focused on pulling in some of its regional partners, such as Japan, while the U.S. team reached out to its NATO allies.9 To avoid unwanted escalation or permanent effects, the U.S. and Taiwan teams limited their offensive military operations to non-kinetic and reversible actions such as cyberattacks and electronic warfare.
Under “Key Takeaways and Policy Recommendations” is:
Given the inherent difficulty of defending small, distant offshore islands like Dongsha, Taiwan and the United States should strive to turn them into what the players called “poison frogs.” This approach would make Chinese attempts to seize these islands so militarily, economically, and politically painful from the outset that the costs of coercion or aggression would be greater than the benefits.
The U.S. regime’s having in 1972 committed itself to there being only “a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves” has somehow now become a license for the U.S. regime to provoke “Chinese attempts to seize these islands” and yet to cause — by America’s constant further provocations and lying — this to be “so militarily, economically, and politically painful from the outset that the costs of coercion or aggression would be greater than the benefits.”
In other words: the U.S. regime expects to portray China as being the aggressor, and the U.S. regime as being the defender — but, actually, of what? It would be the defender of breaking off a piece of China to add it to the U.S. regime’s allies, against an ‘aggressive’ China that opposes America’s violating its own, and China’s, 1972 Joint Shanghai Communique — which prohibits that.
On May 19th, The Hill, one of the U.S. regime’s many propaganda-mouthpieces, headlined “China warns of dangerous situation developing ahead of Biden Asia trip”, and opened:
China warned the U.S. that President Biden’s visit to East Asia this week could put their relations in “serious jeopardy” if officials play the “Taiwan card” during the trip.
In a phone call with national security adviser Jake Sullivan, China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi warned the U.S. against speaking out on the independent sovereignty of Taiwan, a self-ruling democratic island in the Indo-Pacific that China claims is historically part of the mainland and should be under Beijing’s control.
China doesn’t claim that Taiwan “is historically part of the mainland and should be under Beijing’s control,” but that, just like Hawaii is NOT a part of “the mainland” but IS “under U.S. control,” and NOT “a self-ruling” nation, Taiwan is NOT a part of “the mainland” but IS (not ‘should be’, but IS) under China’s control, and NOT “a self-ruling” nation. Just as there is no “independent sovereignty of Hawaii,” there also is no “independent sovereignty of Taiwan.” How many lies were in that opening? (And this doesn’t even bring in the fact that whereas Hawaii is way offshore of America’s mainland, Taiwan is very close to China’s mainland.)
And how long will the U.S. regime’s constant lying continue to be treated as if that’s acceptable to anything other than yet another dangerously tyrannical regime — a U.S. ally, perhaps?
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