This past Saturday, on New Year’s Eve, President-to-be Donald J. Trump left open the distinct and upsetting-to-many possibility that he will meet with the Madame President of Taiwan if she passes through the United States any time after he has been sworn in as the CEO of the U.S.A. on January 20th. Trump put it this way, in his one-of-a-kind style when reporters pressed him on whether or not he would physically sit down with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen— “We’ll see.”
Her travel plans taking her through the continental U.S. are a foregone conclusion already. In fact, she will transit through Houston once on January 7th and then again through San Francisco on January 13th. For now, the meeting would not take place ostensibly because Trump says that he will honor past precedent and not meet in person with any sitting leaders while outgoing President Barack Obama is still in the oval office. (Besides Japan’s Shinzo Abe, that is).
It is a good thing that he will not, too. China is still furious from the time after Trump’s November 8th surprise victory when he received, and most importantly accepted, a congratulatory phone call from the leader of Taiwan. The Chinese Communist leaders have warned him repeatedly about this, lecturing him on the tragic consequences for America if it abandons the more than four decade old “one China” policy that the U.S. began honoring in the 1970s. They saw stars when this talk of a Taiwanese Presidential stop over in the U.S. hit the newswires.
This is more important than the latest who’s who of countries and world leaders that Trump has offended with his colorful, cowboy-esque rhetoric. China is the second largest economy and exporter in the world, following the United States and European Union powerhouse Germany, respectively. Burning down decades of reasonably harmonious trade relations with Beijing to prove the point that the U.S. is still more powerful than China and can deal with Taiwan again if we want to will have horrific consequences for both countries, the Asian region, and the world in general.
These are not necessarily limited to just a trade war either. If China and the U.S. are no longer economic bedfellows, then there are all sorts of complications geopolitically that arise in the South China Sea. Taiwan has been repeatedly threatened with military invasion by the Red Republic if they take any provocative additional steps towards more than vaguely nominal independence.
The U.S. is committed to militarily defending the Taiwanese island and would inevitably be dragged into any armed conflict. Besides this, remember that Japan and the Philippines, other long-time American military allies, have serious territorial and international waters disputes with China as well. Nothing good will come out of a South China Sea armed conflict.
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Even if China does not go full throttle with a threatened invasion of Taiwan, it could still miscalculate its way into a tragic conflict with neighboring arch-rival Japan or even the militarily inferior Philippines. Japan is not insignificant when it comes to pulling its own weight defensively. They are nuclear capable and will not simply disappear beneath the hated “red” boots.
Besides the threat of a protracted and uncertain regional war, there are the treaty ties binding the U.S. to militarily intervene on behalf of either Japan or the Philippines to consider. Who wins in the event of a world-destabilizing serious military conflict in East Asia? The definitive answer is nobody. It smacks of the incredibly destructive world wars all over again.
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