Chinese government-owned newspaper and Communist mouthpiece Global Times puffed its chest Tuesday when it wrote: “The Chinese mainland should display its resolution to recover Taiwan by force.”
The paper claimed that China has to be “vigilant” now and may have to take action to thwart the U.S.
“It might be time for the Chinese mainland to reformulate its Taiwan policy, make the use of force as a main option and carefully prepare for it,” the editorial said.
“If the Chinese mainland won’t pile on more pressure over realizing reunification by using force, the chance of peaceful unification will only slip away,” the paper wrote, according to The U.K. Guardian. “Independent forces on the island publicly believe that time is on their side … they can turn the tables with the help of international forces.
“The future of Taiwan must not be shaped by … Washington,” it added.
Trump doubled down on his campaign promise to strike good deals for the U.S. as well as his stance on China/Taiwan Sunday in an interview with Fox News.
“I fully understand the ‘one China policy,’” he said, “but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘one China policy’ unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”
Trump recently took a phone call from the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen — a move that hasn’t been done since 1979 and was in opposition to the “one China policy” that states that countries can have formal diplomatic relations with either China or Taiwan — but not both.
The line in the sand was drawn between China and Taiwan in 1949 following the Chinese Civil War when the Communists defeated the nationalists, who subsequently left for Taiwan.
It’s not surprising that the Chinese would puff their chests in response to Trump’s bold move. It’s not going to be business as usual in the United States, and perhaps we’ll have a president who puts American interests first and doesn’t wilt under pressure.
There’s a new sheriff in town, China — and you’d better get used to it.
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