As US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrapped up her controversial tour of Taiwan, feelings ran excessive in China.
The general public sentiment is that of anger and disappointment, whereas the discourse gaining floor is that China can not again down. If it does, it is going to embolden the US facet to additional up the ante within the Taiwan Strait and possibly, the US vice-president would be the subsequent in line to go to the island, which China claims as its renegade province.
This, the Chinese facet believes, will trigger a “domino effect” across the world and more and more western countries will follow suit and trample China’s red lines with respect to Taiwan. No doubt, such a trend will have disastrous consequences for China as it will further internationalise the Taiwan issue, garner more international recognition and support for Taiwan, which in turn will increase the complexity and difficulty of China’s “reunification” ambition.
Under such circumstances, numerous countermeasures are being mentioned on the Chinese web. At the highest of the record is a powerful navy response to Pelosi’s go to, after all, whereas avoiding a serious battle with the US. China conducting live-fire drills, complete and systematic anti-access and space denial functionality workout routines appear to be the favored selections within the present state of affairs.
Some Chinese commentators are of the opinion that China should reap the benefits of the scenario to interrupt the established order within the Taiwan Strait and pace up the reunification course of. There are additionally discussions on the potential for China enjoying the Russia card towards the US’ Taiwan card and exploring the choice of offering navy help to Russia, thereby complicating the US selections in Europe.
It is being argued that the US dared to take such a provocative motion as a result of it believes that on the eve of the twentieth National Congress, China is unlikely to take any drastic step. China, they are saying, not solely must quash such myths but in addition must name out on the US bluff — that’s, with the Russia-Ukraine battle nonetheless underway and the US economic system having fallen into essentially the most troublesome state of stagflation, it can not afford to open a second entrance and begin a navy journey towards China.
Therefore, China can and should take the freedom to extend its navy counterattack towards the United States, and undertake a “brink of war strategy”, “extreme pressure measure” to power the US to again down and permitting China to put down the foundations of the sport within the Taiwan Strait.
In the phrases of Chen Wenxin, Deputy Director of the American Institute of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, China should not let Pelosi set the precedent, as a substitute it should take the initiative in its personal arms to attract the crimson traces and set up a set of pointers for everybody to observe on the Taiwan problem. It should let the US in addition to the world to know the way critical the results may be when China’s backside line is challenged, in order that related actions usually are not repeated sooner or later.
The different in style view is that China ought to implement harsh financial sanctions on Taiwan, attempt to stagnate and even reverse its financial development, notably its financial surplus towards China, in order to make its financial stage go backwards by some 20 years, thereby thwarting its secessionist tendencies. There has already been experiences of China placing financial curbs on Taiwan with ban on sand exports, fruit, fish and different agricultural product imports.
However, Chinese students like Zheng Yongnian, a professor on the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) and dean of the Qianhai Institute of International Affairs, highlights the dilemma that China at the moment faces by way of taking countermeasures. If China’s response is weak, he says, it is going to lose face on the international stage; if its response is powerful, there can be anti-China sentiment world over. If there may be even a skirmish between China and the United States, Washington will take the chance to formalise the ‘Asian model of NATO’.
Similarly, if China’s motion towards Taiwan is weak, it is going to embolden the separatist forces, but when sturdy and militaristic, it won’t solely affect China’s personal financial growth, but in addition trigger blood and tears on each side of the strait. Thus, general, the evolving dynamics within the Taiwan Strait is known to be a giant check for China’s political knowledge and braveness.
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