After Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen won an overwhelming victory in the general election last week, tensions in the Taiwan Strait may re-emerge and cause many concerns. Former U.S. Department of Defense officials called on President Trump to call Tsai Ing-wen and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. On the one hand, he congratulated Tsai Ing-wen for winning the election with a high number of votes. On the other hand, he discouraged Xi Jinping from using force against Taiwan.
After the results of Taiwan’s elections were announced, Chinese officials reiterated that their established stance on Taiwan will not change due to the election. Many analysts believe that the Beijing authorities may continue to exert strong pressure on the DPP government in the future, military, diplomatic, and economic are all possible ways. In the Chinese Communist Party media “Global Times”, the argument of Wutong has also continued to appear after the election in Taiwan.
Joseph Bosco, the former director of China Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States, was interviewed by the Voice of America during a seminar held by the Taiwan Representative Office in the United States and a US think tank in Washington last Saturday to analyze the results of Taiwan’s election. May enter a period of tension and worry.
Bosco believes that China’s response to Taiwan’s elections is “Wow, it seems that the Chinese know how to conduct elections. Maybe we should also try it in China, starting with Hong Kong.”
However, he also said that that may not be China’s response.
“They will be very upset. They will warn President Tsai Ing-wen that she must be very careful and accept the one country, two systems policy. Of course she will not accept it. So we are about to enter a very stressful period, but I I think the United States has a role to play. We have to make it very clear that we stand with Taiwan. We will also defend it from any aggression and coercion from mainland China.”
Bosco said that this Taiwan election “ends Beijing’s inability to implement free and democratic elections for Chinese or Confucian culture and self-governance based on the wishes of the people.” He said that Taiwan “contests against this argument every day,” and the election on that day was another counter testimony.
As the Taiwan Strait may fluctuate for a period of time, Bosco believes that it is time for President Trump to call Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping to convey to them the message that the United States wants to ensure peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Bosco published an article in the “Capitol Hill” on Tuesday (January 14) that Trump should congratulate Tsai Ing-wen and praise her for her success in winning an overwhelming number of votes under the influence of the Chinese Communist Party against her. Re-elected; for Xi Jinping, Trump should try to prevent him from using force against Taiwan.
Bosco believes that Trump’s call with Xi Jinping at this time is not only useful but also very timely, because Tsai Ing-wen has already thrown out an olive branch in her victory speech, emphasizing that her commitment to the peace and stability of cross-strait relations remains unchanged, and also mentioned ensuring peace across the Taiwan Strait. Stability “both sides of the strait are responsible.” In addition, Tsai Ing-wen also stated to the international community: “Taiwan should be a partner, not an issue.” In the face of Chinese cultural attacks and military threats, Taiwan still maintains a “non-provocative and non-progressive” attitude, allowing cross-Strait There was no serious conflict.
President Trump should “appreciate and reinforce the peace message of this fellow democratic president and an important security partner of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, while at the same time giving Xi Jinping a reminder of strict care,” Bosco said.
The Chinese government reiterated its adherence to the basic policy of “peaceful reunification and one country, two systems” after the announcement of the Taiwan election results. However, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, also stated that China also “resolutely opposes any form of’Taiwan independence’ separatist conspiracy and actions.”