Taiwan Expects Closer US Military Ties, More High-Level Visits Under Trump
Jan 23 2017 by Cristina Jennings
A Foreign Ministry spokesman this week asked the U.S. not to allow Taiwan's "so-called delegation" to attend Friday's inauguration as this could "damage China-U.S. ties".
China said that it opposed Taiwan's delegation attending the swearing-in ceremony in Washington D.C. and urged that the U.S. bar their attendance, stating that it could "disturb or undermine Sino-U.S. relations".
That, along with subsequent comments by Trump that the "one China" policy was up for negotiation, has infuriated Beijing, which views Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought under its control by force if necessary. "Officials with China's National Development and Reform Commission (main economic planning agency in China) may thank the Trump administration if it can help China offload obsolete, unsustainable industrial capacity quicker", the paper said in an opinion piece. In testimony on Wednesday in Washington before the Senate Commerce Committee, Ross called China the most protectionist of the world's major economies and vowed to level the playing field with the Chinese on trade, especially in reducing overcapacity in its steel industry. Niall Ferguson, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said turmoil in U.S.
"The basic interests of the people of both countries and the world need China and the United States to work hard, to form a long-term, stable cooperative relationship", Xi said.
The Trump administration may "be igniting many "fires" ... around the world. Indeed, since Trump was quoted as having said everything is negotiable, what's the point of a trade war?" Among all his alternatives, the least desirable for Trump is to act on his previous threats to slap punitive tariffs on his country's largest trading partner and label China a "currency manipulator" as protectionism only stirs up retaliation.
To avoid that, Beijing is warning it could find ways to inflict maximum pain in event of a trade conflict, hinting through state media that it could retaliate against American companies that enjoy strong sales in China, such as Apple, GM, and Boeing.
Whatever Trump is or is not up to with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Chinese government must be wondering about the possibility that the White House and the Kremlin may have friendlier relations.
In seeking a free trade agreement with the U.S., Taiwan should seriously consider reducing restriction on the import of U.S. pork products, Tsai said. Trump has praised Putin and been far more critical of China than any other country. However, such a paradigmatic shift would require complex geopolitical calculations and sensitive fine tuning as strategic competition between the USA and Russian Federation continue unabated across the globe from the Middle East and Ukraine to the North Pole and Asia-Pacific. Trump sometimes seems as if he wants to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip as part of a new grand bargain with Beijing, "which would be a betrayal and a blunder", it added. The Chinese billionaire is said to have discussed a plan to permit one million small US businesses to sell goods on Alibaba's online shopping platform.
Sun believes Trump may not necessarily be bad for Taiwan. If they have any influence, the Trump administration's behaviour towards China should be much more nuanced and far less belligerent than that.