…from President Barack Obama’s (D) timidity in the South China Sea.
Beijing has responded to the January election of Tsai and her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party by intensifying pressure on Taiwan with military exercises, diplomatic moves and cross-border deportations and prosecutions.
It’s quite explicit. Here’s Zhu Weidong, Deputy Director Institute of Taiwan Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing:
It is impossible for the mainland to get along with a party or a leader that doesn’t recognize the one-China policy or seeks to split the country.
There will be no so-called cold peace, but will definitely be a fresh confrontation. In that case, the domestic and international situation for Taiwan will only get more and more difficult.
And Li Fei, Xiamen University’s Taiwan Research Institute Deputy Director:
If Tsai fails to recognize the ’92 consensus and one-China principle, there will be no room left for Taiwan’s diplomacy.
And this, too:
In April, a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s steel committee ejected a [RoC] delegation after China complained.
We could help Tsai and the Republic of China by expanding trade with the RoC to reduce its dependency on the PRC and by selling the RoC arms with which to upgrade and strengthen its military. And we could tell the PRC to stop whining; the RoC, as a vibrant, prosperous nation, is entirely welcome in organizations like the OECD.
A personal, State Dinner-type meeting between our President and President Tsai would go a long way, too.