US on collision course if it keeps hollowing out one-China principle
Over the years, interactions with China with America have been a source of tension for decades. The United States has to a significant extent remained relatively steady due to the US following China’s one-China strategy.
That, in conjunction with the conscious and deliberate strategic control across both ends of the Pacific has contributed in the development of healthy bilateral relationships.
It seems that the days of pleasant relations between the two sides appear to be over but Washington’s strategic uncertainty has been replaced with the enforcing of China-US relations, particularly with regard to Taiwan.
China is a hot topic for hawks in China. The US government as well as Congress might find some comfort in this development, which seems to be working for them politically right now.
But the more clarity being brought to the already tense China-US relationship and the clear signal that Washington will support Taipei in opposition to the Chinese mainland no matter what nonsense Taipei might think up may be devastating for all stakeholder parties.
In its claims of the commitment to global and regional peace, particularly peace in Taiwan Straits, and especially peace across Taiwan Straits, Washington needs to be more aware of the potential consequences of the actions it has taken and also to be rethinking what to do in the future.
This National Defense Authorization Act of 2023 was signed into law by US president Joe Biden signed into law on Friday, is a deplorable error that could unleash damaging possibilities in the future.
Beijing has strongly condemned the decision and warned of the serious consequences. Knowing the dangers of Washington’s recent decisions concerning Taiwan, the country has consistently called for caution and prudence from Washington and has constantly warned it against violating “redlines”.
These warnings have largely not been heard previously, so there’s no reason to believe that Washington will pay any more attention to Beijing’s concerns now.
However, the NDAA is risky in that it gives an increase in the legislative process for US exports of arms to Taiwan.
This is a decision Beijing is adamantly opposed to, since it represents a major interference in China’s internal affairs.
In addition, aside from the $10 billion US commitment to arm Taiwan and Taiwan, the agreement contains other measures that establish China as a real security threat.
These clauses signal significant modifications that could alter the relationship between the two countries, limit the possibility of improvements.
Washington is vocal in the need to install “guardrails” for the China-US relationship, and has said both parties must be serious about the issue.
However, what the administration has done by implementing the NDAA is, however, appears to be in contradiction with its “guardrails” rhetoric.
Instead of constructing “guardrails”, it is in fact removing those currently in place and have proven to be effective for decades in preventing the relationship from derailing.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the US is going further into a dangerous and unwise route with the law which includes a huge number of provisions that breach the one-China principle and the terms of the three Joint China-US Communiques.
“The guardrails” the administration refers to are clear to everyone: Washington should abandon its Cold-War and zero-sum mindset and ideology bias, and adopt a rational and objective perspective on China’s progress and stop attempting to use Taiwan to stifle mainland China.