If historians want to write the story of American aggressions around the world, they can easily write a long history book on the subject. If all the blood that the United States shed is gathered, there will undoubtedly be a flood of blood, and no one can count with certainty the corpses that the United States killed before and since its emergence as a country.
But the United States claims to be the supreme guardian of democracy and human rights in the world. The superpower never sees the blood of humanity on its hands. The successive US governments have long accused ‘the wild horses of their narrowed interests’ of overthrowing the tireless global hopes for freedom and the right to live and die in peace. Taiwan is one of the shining examples of US carelessness in global peace and how it arbitrarily violates the principles of international relations.
In a recent development, the United States has approved a support contract with Taiwan aimed at boosting missile defense systems on the Chinese island. The funds would be used to ‘maintain, maintain and improve’ the Patriot missile defense system in Taiwan. This is the second incident involving the sale of arms to Taiwan under the Biden administration since it approved its first arms sale to the island in August last year.
The United States has been selling weapons to Taiwan since 1979. The United States also operates a de facto embassy in Taipei called the American Institute in Taiwan. It also operates a de facto consulate in Kaohsiung called the American Institute in Taiwan Kaohsiung Branch Office. The United States also facilitates Taiwan to conduct several diplomatic missions in its territory in the name of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representation Office in the United States.
But the United States has no legitimate rights to have and maintain such cooperation and contacts with Taiwan, as Washington has begun its diplomatic relations with Beijing by accepting the universal truth that Taiwan is an integral part of China. The United States has acknowledged in three joint US-China communiqués that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain that there is only one China and that Taiwan is part of China. The United States attaches great importance to its relations with China and reiterates that it does not intend to violate Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity, interfere in China’s internal affairs or pursue a policy of ‘two China’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan.
The United States’ acceptance of the one-China policy is just on the right side of history, as the island of Taiwan is historically an inalienable part of China. Taiwan has never been a sovereign state in recorded history. The island is referred to as the Taiwan Province in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Like the previous republic, China has inherently owned the province according to its pre-1949 borders.
Moreover, the Chinese claim on Taiwan in accordance with the provisions of international law and regulations is also fair and legitimate. The world has also recognized that the island is an integral part of China. The United Nations (UN) has adopted a resolution accepting China’s legitimate claims on Taiwan.
On October 25, 1971, the 26th Session of the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758. The resolution stated in clear and definite language that Taiwan is part of the People’s Republic of China. The UN General Assembly recognizes that the representative of the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal representative of China in the United Nations and that the People’s Republic of China is one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, and decides to restore all rights to the People’s Republic of China. government as the sole legal representatives of China in UN organizations.
On 23 July 2007, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, rejected Taiwan’s membership offer to “join the United Nations under the name Taiwan”; cites resolution 2758 as a recognition that Taiwan is part of China. The UN is an international organization made up of sovereign states. Taiwan as a province of China is completely unqualified and has no right to participate in the global body.
But contrary to its promises and provisions in international laws and treaties, the successive US administrations have unfortunately continued to maintain informal and unofficial relations with the Taiwanese authorities eating their own words to China. Many analysts described the relationship as immoral infidelity. The United States is engaged in such an illegal relationship that the superpower wants to limit China’s progress with the help of the Taiwanese authorities. Under the auspices of the United States, the authorities have also maintained their diplomatic efforts to gain recognition as sovereign territory from various countries. They are even trying to monetize the pandemic to get into some international organizations and agencies.
In a contradictory and legitimate move, China seems to have taken the Taiwan issue as the bottom line in its diplomacy. China has no opportunity to compromise on the issue of its territorial integrity and sovereignty. China therefore builds cooperation with each country based on the understanding of the bottom line – the Taiwan issue.
As a result, all of China’s friends and partners always remain very careful and sincere when it comes to dealing with Taiwan. They always respect this bottom line of Chinese diplomacy. But a few countries tried to have a foothold in both camps, by maintaining deep ties with China while cooperating with Taiwan in the past. Finally, the two-sided countries did not remain in China’s good books, let alone be its true and trusted friends.
Under the changing circumstances of the polarized world, Taiwan has been the litmus test of becoming a true and sincere friend of China over the years. Even the extent of partnership with China varies greatly from country to country depending on the test. Global circumstances have left China with no choice but to make Taiwan a more serious issue when it comes to building and promoting cooperation with any country from any region on the planet. As a result, China’s legitimate stance on the issue has been further strengthened around the world.
Against this background, the United States has intensified its illegitimate cooperation with Taiwan. U.S. leaders have recently screwed up their pro-Taiwan and anti-China rhetoric. But analysts believe the United States wants to fear China by creating war hysteria in the region. But China’s cautious leadership has moved forward with much-measured and far-sighted diplomacy.
Ever since the beginning of the question, the world’s conscience has held China tight. There is no denying that Taiwan is an integral part of China. By creating companies and maintaining infidelity-like relations with Taiwan, the United States has eaten its own words and stood up to the global stance in favor of China, which has been confirmed in the UN. Analysts believe that the United States has long interfered in China’s internal affairs and violated China’s sovereignty by siding with Taiwan. Therefore, the United States must stop interfering in Taiwan, which will protect the greater interests of the region and the world.
Author Md Enamul Hassan is a News Editor at China Media Group (CMG) in Beijing, China.
The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the China Daily and China Daily websites. The article was first published in the Bangladesh Post.