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WASHINGTON: About four decades since the United States expelled Taiwan from the United Nations to facilitate China’s entry, Washington is vigorously trying to inject Taiwan back into the UN system in a high-stakes showdown with Beijing. The move, which Beijing considers a provocation, comes even as Taipei publicly acknowledged that US troops are stationed in Taiwan for training purposes amid mounting tensions with China.
“Taiwan is a vital partner of the United States and a democratic success story. Taiwan should have meaningful participation in the @UN system, especially as we face an unprecedented number of global challenges,” said US Secretary of State Antony Shine this week as Biden’s government sprang into action to follow through on its pledge to defend Taiwan if China tried to take the country (which Beijing considers a renegade province) by force.
“Taiwan has become a democratic success story. The model supports transparency, respect for human rights and the rule of law – values ​​that match those of the United Nations (UN)… Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system is not a political issue , but a pragmatic one,” Blinken said in implicit criticism and challenge to China, which has gradually forced Taiwan out of UN operations in line with its stance, also endorsed by the US, of a “one-China” policy.
Blinken’s statement came even as Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen admitted in a CNN interview that US troops are stationed in Taiwan for training purposes. Outraged Chinese analysts accused the US of using Taiwan as a “suicide bomber” against China and warned against rash action, even as strategic thinkers and historians warned the two sides could descend a slippery slope to all-out war.
“The US has stepped up its political commitment at a time when its military capacity to deter China has been eroded and will take time to recover. Beijing faces a closing window (to take back Taiwan),” tweeted historian Niall Ferguson, citing a report warning that the battle for Taiwan could soon come if Beijing tries to capture the island before the US increases its presence in the region and strengthens alliances.
Signs of the US stepping up its presence came when Taiwanese President Tsai in a TV interview publicly confirmed the presence of US troops on Taiwanese soil rather than threats from China, though all sides have long tried to downplay the matter. The US withdrew its last official garrison from Taiwan in 1979, when Washington exchanged formal diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
There have been vague reports of minor deployments in recent months, even as the US and China spar in the air and at sea. According to CNN, the US military posted and then deleted a video in early 2020 showing US military special forces training soldiers in Taiwan. In November 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced and then denied to local media that US troops were training local soldiers on the island.
Despite appearing to be teasing China by raising the issue of Taiwan’s participation in UN activities, the Biden administration indicated it stands behind Washington’s one-China policy — as long as Beijing didn’t try to destroy the island. to be taken by force. Blinken’s statement seemed to suggest that increasing Taiwan’s participation in the UN system was related to his expertise in many areas, including dealing with the pandemic.
“We therefore encourage all UN member states to join us in supporting Taiwan’s robust, meaningful participation throughout the UN system and in the international community, in line with our ‘One China’ policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiqués and the six sureties,” said Blinken. The Chinese see it differently.