China sends dire warnings to US over Taiwan – what should Washington do?

Beijing is sending a long list of dire warnings to the US about Taiwan these days, including one last week from the Chinese ambassador to the US. It states: “If anyone tries to separate Taiwan from China and wants to question China’s bottom line, the PLA will take vigorous measures to firmly protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Then there is a PLA post entitled “Preparing For War” which implies that Beijing is ready to go to war to unite Taiwan with the motherland.

China’s dire warnings about Taiwan come amid high-profile visits by US officials, including a possible visit by spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, as part of a planned trip to Asia.

Apparently, China wants to end them as they have the potential for broad international recognition of Taiwan’s independence.

But what do these warnings mean for the US? How should Washington react? Chuck Flint, founder and president of Flint Consulting with extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in US-China relations, believes China is testing the Biden administration’s resolve on Taiwan and the South China Sea.

“Members of Congress have been going to Taiwan for years. Beijing’s demand that Speaker Pelosi cancel her trip is completely unreasonable and aims to test the Biden administration,” he told the International Business Times in an email. “If the government capitulates, it will further intensify the CCP’s aggression in the South China Sea. There are parallels between the diplomatic challenges discussed here and the 2001 spy plane incident.”

Going a little further, Juscelino Colares, a professor of business law and co-director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, argues that it is time for the US to change its policy towards China.

“Forget ‘strategic ambiguity,’ the long-held US policy that favored the status quo in relation to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan,” he told IBT. “Policy boiled down to the US signaling political support for an autonomous Taiwan, backed by granting the Taiwanese government access to US military equipment purchases, while not supporting any Taiwanese declaration of independence. Much of the ambiguity came from the US closely watching the Chinese saber-rattling without explicitly disclosing US moves should the Chinese decide to take the island.

Colareres believes the Biden team should learn from the geopolitical events of the past year and a half, which confirm that appeasement doesn’t work with authoritarian regimes — it doesn’t deter aggression, it encourages it.

“Appeasement didn’t work for Putin, who, after getting Biden’s green light for Nord Stream 2 (apparently without relevant concessions), moved on, invaded Ukraine and only increased Russia’s control over that nation’s territory,” he explains. “For China’s ruthless regime, America’s unilateral concessions and even symbolic gestures, such as a misguided cancellation of Speaker Pelosi’s visit (who has a strong record of pushing China back) are interpreted as outright weakness. Appeasement only puts Taiwan, the region, and US interests at greater risk.”

Bottom line: America cannot afford to be on the weak side on the Taiwan issue, as doing so will encourage rather than deter China’s aggression beyond Taiwan into the South China Sea, which Beijing regards as its sea.

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