EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021
U.S. Beats War Drums Over China
Oct. 24, 2021 (EIRNS)—The State Department on Oct. 23 announced a new major provocation against China in regard to Taiwan, which is and always has been an integral part of China. A statement from the State Department spokesman said that “the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) convened high-level representatives of the U.S. Department of State and the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a virtual forum on expanding Taiwan’s participation at the United Nations and in other international fora.”
This follows testimony earlier in the week from Nicholas Burns, whom the Biden Administration has designated to become the new Ambassador to China, claiming that the U.S. has “enormous latitude” to expand military and diplomatic relations with Taiwan, under the incredible excuse that Beijing has reneged on the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement with the U.S., when in 2019 it helped the Hong Kong government repel the mobs of black-hooded arsonists and terrorists unleashed on the city by their sponsors in the U.S. and British regime- change institutions, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
The State Department statement reports that the U.S.-Taiwan meeting
“focused on supporting Taiwan’s ability to participate meaningfully at the UN and contribute its valuable expertise to address global challenges, including global public health, the environment and climate change, development assistance, technical standards, and economic cooperation. U.S. participants reiterated the U.S. commitment to Taiwan’s meaningful participation at the World Health Organization and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and discussed ways to highlight Taiwan’s ability to contribute to efforts on a wide range of issues.”
The Chinese response was immediate and intense. The Global Times editorial today, titled “U.S. Will Humiliate Itself Challenging UN Resolution 2758, Undermining one-China Principle,” asserts that the Biden Administration has joined with the current Tsai Ing-wen government in Taiwan claiming itself to be a sovereign state, which, if acted upon with the backing of the U.S., would almost certainly lead to war with China—a war which the U.S. could not win, or worse, may choose to use nuclear weapons.
The Global Times editorial includes the wording of the 1971 UN Resolution 2758, which is important to remember: “[T]he representatives of the Government of the People’s Republic of China are the only lawful representatives of China to the United Nations.” It “decides to expel forthwith the representatives of Chiang Kai-shek [the government of Taiwan at that time, which claimed to be the government of all China—ed.] from the place which they unlawfully occupy at the United Nations and in all the organizations related to it.” President Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claims that this does not preclude Taiwan joining the UN as a separate country, but, the editorial states, it is clearly “an attempt by Washington to fundamentally challenge the one-China principle, trying to break the political status quo of the Taiwan question.”
The editorial goes on:
“The current U.S. government is the most incapable and degenerate in the country’s history. The U.S.’ national strength has greatly lost its relative advantage, so the cards of trade and human rights Washington plays to counter China have almost no effect at all. Meanwhile, the military deterrence from the Chinese mainland is also containing the Taiwan card the U.S. plays. The U.S. then has come to this cheap shot as a ‘new weapon’ to launch an alternative offensive against China.... It is important to note that the U.S. is not so powerful that whatever it says will be effectively enforced.... The vast majority of countries in the world clearly understand what the one-China principle is and whether the island of Taiwan is qualified to seek an equal presence with sovereign states in the UN. Although the U.S. has influence, it can manipulate only some of its allies, not the UN.”
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