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Taiwan, new front in the rivalry between Xi and Trump

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President Xi Jinping wants China’s former glory to restore, including the unity of the country. His speech on the people’s congress increases the tension with Washington.

‘Any attempt for China to split, is to fail gedoomd’, warned president Xi Jinping in the speech which he Tuesday the plenary session of the National people’s congress closed. Any trick to share …

‘Any attempt for China to split, is to fail gedoomd’, warned president Xi Jinping in the speech which he Tuesday the plenary session of the National people’s congress closed. Any trick to parts of the country to split off into, ‘will be condemned by the people and punished by history.”

Xi was referring to Tibet to the border with India; on Xinjiang, the gateway to the muslim world; Outside of Mongolia, the buffer with Russia; and the former British crown colony hong Kong. In all those areas to stir separatists. But the president had it in the first place about Taiwan and his raised finger pointed clearly in the direction of Washington.

The island of Taiwan reigns for seventy years himself and drives trade with the world, but is diplomatic by virtually no country recognized. The Republic of China, as the island is officially called, was in 1949, founded by Chinese nationalists, under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek by the communists of Mao Zedong on the mainland were driven out. It is by Beijing, however, still remains as a part of China and no one is risking the wrath of the mighty people’s Republic. The world folds itself tamely to Pekings A-Chinabeleid, that the illusion ceases to be that the two are one country.

‘Chairman of Everything’

‘The unity of the motherland’ is for many reasons important for Beijing. First and foremost, for safety reasons. Taiwan is always regarded as an ” American aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean. A Taiwan under the control of Beijing would be a more secure maritime border protection.

Safety, however, is far from the only reason for Pekings desire to control Taiwan. It is also a question of political legitimacy of the communist party, said China expert Kevin Rudd, the former Australian prime minister, added in a recent nomination to the U.s. military academy, West Point.

Xi is now president for life, and ‘Chairman of Everything’, as Rudd puts it. Would he be able to succeed where his predecessors with less power have failed.

In his slotspeech on the Kurdish touched Xi a lot in the nationalist drum. He described China’s historic achievements and promised the former glory to restore, including the national unity. Yet he will not immediately go to work to make the reunion, say China experts. Xi has time. However, he wants the Taiwanese people who dream of even greater independence, the mouth cords.

He will reunificatie preferably in a peaceful manner complete with soft power. Xi, in his speech on ‘opportunities for the compatriots from Taiwan, probably referring to the measures introduced in February were enacted to the Taiwanese people to make it easier to on the mainland to come and study and work. Some in Taiwan fear a brain drain, reports CNN.

The clash of arms

It is not because Xi without arms wants to address, that it was not bitter severity. He warned Taiwan that the issue is not permanent can be delayed. And that, said professor Willy Lam of Chinese University of Hong Kong to the American media, would end up in a confrontation with the US.

The United States have A-Chinabeleid in 1979 accepted, but it was their attitude towards both China’s a strategic ambiguiteit’. The Taiwan Relations Act calls for the guarantee of the safety and the socio-economic system of the population of Taiwan is a concern for the US. On the basis of that law sells Washington weapons to Taiwan.

Consumed by hubris

In the eyes of Washington is the preservation of the status is always the best option. Late last week, president Trump, however, a step further – too far, according to Beijing – with the signing of the Taiwan Travel Act.

The law encourages diplomatic high-level contacts with Taiwan ” a beacon of democracy in Asia, other countries and peoples in the region can inspire’. That is in stark contrast with the law of 1979, that the informal exchanges between lower officers kept. And that while Beijing gruwt at the thought that the Taiwanese ministers of Defense or Foreign Affairs, let alone the president – on a visit in the American capital. Beijing responded quickly and clearly: ‘This is a serious violation of the A-Chinabeleid and sends wrong signals to the separatist forces in Taiwan. And also: Stop all official contacts with Taiwan, and all military ties and arms sales. So not ” heavy damage to Chinese-American relations and the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait’.

Professor Lamb, who fears that Xi is consumed by hubris’, is not at ease. After all, if Xi succeeds in the reunification of China by Taiwan ‘to liberate’, he has his place in the history books conquered.

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