Fervent U.S. support for Taiwan has drawn the ire of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit, the CCP’s hostile reaction to the island has intensified training around the island nation along with a constant threat of invasion.
The introduction of a bipartisan bill by Democratic Senator Bob Menendez and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham proposing $4.5 billion in economic assistance to Taiwan through 2026, and its designation as an important ally and the renaming of the Taiwan Embassy to Taiwan Representative Office, prompted the CCP to react with warnings to the United States.
“If the U.S. insists on taking actions that will harm China’s interests, we are compelled to take resolute countermeasures,” Liu Pengyu, spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said when asked about his position on the Taiwan bill.
This strong support for Taiwan is dividing the two powers and even heating up the atmosphere for the end of their diplomatic relations.
Marsha Blackburn, a Republican senator, said that Taiwan is the largest trading partner in the Indo-Pacific and for that reason “United States will support them with defense supplies, including weapons and machinery – regardless of what the Chinese Communist Party says.”
In turn Jake Sullivan, White House national security adviser, said in an interview that he will meet with lawmakers on September 14 to discuss the draft Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, leading many experts to predict a breakdown in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China and even the likelihood of war.
Sullivan, who said that President Joe Biden has “some concern,” about possible reactions from the communist regime. He added, “There are other elements that give us some concern.”
In the face of China’s threats and pressures on the island nation, this past week, the Biden administration asked Congress to approve more than $1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.
Several specialists expressed their opinions on the risks of a war between the U.S. and China if the project is approved.
Experts give their views on what could happen if the bill is enacted
Wang Duran, a Chinese political commentator, said, “The Chinese Communist Party will not dare break diplomatic relations with the United States, because it would have to assess the consequences of breaking diplomatic relations on its economy, its politics, and its military.”
He also said that the CCP had frictions with both North and South Korea, but has maintained diplomatic relations with both countries, and there is no reason why it should not do so with the United States.
On the other hand, Yan Chen-sheng and Su Ziyun, Taiwanese academics, were of the opinion that the change of name from Taiwan Embassy to “Taiwan Representative Office” would represent a concern about possible reactions from the CCP.
CCP’s harassment of Taiwan intensifies
In addition to the bill, the visit of another delegation of U.S. legislators to Taiwan on September 8 has heated up the U.S.-China relationship to a peak.
The delegation of officials led by Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
Tsai said the delegation’s visit “conveys strong support for Taiwan from the U.S. Congress.”
She added, “Taiwan will not yield to pressure or coercion.” “We will defend our democratic institutions and our way of life. Taiwan will not back down.”
Murphy said Congress “should advocate for greater Taiwanese participation in international organizations” and added that the United States is preparing a “high-quality Free Trade Agreement.”
Following the visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said China “strongly rejects and deplores” the congressional visit, saying it violates the U.S. commitment to the “one-China policy” that prohibits formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Mao said at a news conference, “We will resolutely respond to acts that undermine China’s sovereignty and security and interfere in our internal affairs.”
Among the U.S. legislators who visited the island nation were: Hawaii Democrat Kaiali’i Kahele and Republicans Scott Franklin of Florida, Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Andy Barr of Kentucky, Darrell Issa of California, Claudia Tenney of New York, and Kat Cammack of Florida.
As a result, military exercises against the island have increased considerably, the Taiwan Ministry of Defense reported that on September 9. Seventeen Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait line, and Chinese military activities are very close to the island.