Fresh diplomatic conflict emerges over Taiwan

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Rising Tensions Over Taiwan Gain Momentum

Taiwan’s recent election of independence-leaning William Lai Ching-te as the next president escalated the ongoing contention with China. China retaliated by securing the allegiance of Nauru, a small island nation previously allied with Taiwan. Additionally, the U.S. military’s movement through the Taiwan Strait aggravated the already strained situation. This surge in diplomatic conflict threatens the already unstable peace, with potential war implications on the horizon.

China’s Quest for Recognition and Dominance

For over seven decades, the Communist Party-led Chinese government has vied for global acknowledgement. Now, it has introduced a new angle to its ongoing mission. China asserts that it is not only the exclusive representative of the Chinese state, but that Taiwan also forms an integral part of its territories. A successful campaign in this regard could authorize China’s invasion of this island.

The Global Response

The global community views Taiwan disparately. Some nations consider Taiwan as an standalone entity, despite their official non-recognition. Others back China’s stance. China is driven to ensure acceptance of its viewpoint, arguing that this would justify a forcible unification if needed.

While China edges towards victory in the recognition battle, most Western countries lean towards supporting Taiwan. The U.S. has liberalized its policy on interactions with officials from Taiwan and amplified military aid. Despite the official non-recognition stance maintained by the Biden administration, the U.S. remains vested in Taiwan’s defense.

The U.S. also influences its allies towards strengthening ties with Taiwan. Allied nations like Australia, Britain, Canada and France have sent warships through the Taiwan Strait. This commitment to peace and stability in the region signals the hollowing out of “one China” from democratic nations.

Czech Republic’s Role in the Conflict

Notably, the Czech Republic, with its history of defiance against authoritarian powers, is growing its support for Taiwan. However, it clarifies that its actions don’t imply formal recognition but are in line with its one-China policy.

China’s initiates Countermeasures

China’s countermeasures focus on the developing world, primarily poor nations. China’s stance has been articulated in alliances with African, Arab, Central Asian and Pacific nations, and with new forums like the “Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations.”

The Role of the United Nations

China asserts that the UN supports its perspective regarding Taiwan, citing Resolution 2758 passed in 1971, which acknowledged Beijing as the only lawful representative of China. However, American officials argue the resolution leaves Taiwan’s status undecided.

The Status Quo: An Ill Omen for the Future?

China’s aggressive military and diplomatic activities cast a shadow of impending disaster. Yet despite the odds, it continues striving to ensure adoption of its view of Taiwan. It’s clear that China’s success could escalate tensions further, threatening future peace and stability in the region.

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Elijah Muhammad