Congratulations to Coloradan Mike Williams, whose letter appeared on December 22 in Taipei Times, a publication in English about Taiwan. Williams writes:
…US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Thomas Christensen… continues the Washington realpolitik tradition of preserving the “status quo” at all costs in warning against the dangers of Taiwan’s UN referendum.
Even as the US rightly continues to sell advanced weapons systems to Taiwan, it also follows a pragmatic course that protects its financial interests in “one China.”
However, Washington’s insistence on continuing the current stalemate in cross-strait relations only ensures temporary security for Taiwanese. Tragically, such a policy fails to deal with the long-term, and increasingly severe, consequences of delaying official US and world recognition of the reality that the Republic of China on Taiwan exists as a self-governing country and has a right to do so.
The continuing US foreign policy charade not only leads to Taiwan’s acceptance of questionable “friends” such as Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, but also allows Communist China to deploy ever more sophisticated military, economic and political threats against Taiwan, emboldening it to think that it can take such action with the acquiescence of other world powers.
A principled foreign policy would lead the US to openly ally itself with other rights-respecting governments, which would clearly include Taiwan. Of course, such a principled stance is unlikely to emerge out of Washington (or almost any other national capital) today.
In the meantime, the spectacle of Western Europe’s condemnation of Taiwan’s UN referendum should be carefully considered and not long forgotten by Taiwanese or Americans alike.
Williams recommends Taipei Times as a source of international news.