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Being vague can help tremendously to avoid conflict. In East Asia, it is a real art form to find consensus through ambiguity where none was possible in the first place. Anyone who lives in the region for a while soon recognizes the advantages of deliberate ambiguity.
In such a context, absolute clarity is dangerous. It dissolves the requirements for dear peace: That both sides could interpret the situation in a way acceptable to them. This is exactly the case with the Taiwan issue. Beijing is trying to impose its definition of the One-China principle everywhere in the world, writes Christiane Kühl. And it states without a doubt that Taiwan belongs to the People’s Republic. When China’s foreign policy was still weak, it quietly tolerated a different interpretation around the world: That the status was not clear for the foreseeable future, and that “One-China” could theoretically also somehow be Taiwan. The clarity that China is now insisting on is, in turn, triggering a counter-reaction from the United States.
Today we are also launching a new, regular series on Taiwan: the “China Perspective“, written by Chinese from the People’s Republic. The world appears very differently depending on one’s socialization, as the example of “One-China” shows. Therefore, we would like to present more examples of how the Chinese see things. Personal exchange has shrunk severely in the past three years. This makes it all the more important to give room to authors from the other cultural sphere.
Mercedes-Benz needs battery cells – and lots of them. If all of the Group’s cars are to be powered electrically one day, then there cannot be any shortage of electricity storage units. This is supposed to happen as early as 2025. So the company is broadening its procurement base, but is by no means turning its back on Chinese partners, writes Christian Domke Seidel. On the contrary. Chinese suppliers such as CATL are still an integral part of the strategy. To be on the safe side, they are to produce in Europe, as CATL will soon be doing in Hungary.
Opinions on One-China principle collide
The One-China principle is omnipresent in every official statement on Taiwan policy and is a standard part of diplomatic interaction with China. In the heated situation following the visit of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to Taipei, however, it has once again become clear that all parties involved – China, Taiwan and the United States – interpret the principle differently. The US and China accuse each other of undermining the status quo on the Taiwan Strait – and this includes the perception of the One-China principle.
The People’s Republic attaches great importance to keeping the formula in active use. “Pelosi’s attempt to hollow out the One-China principle is unacceptable and doomed to fail because the principle is based on historical and legal facts,” the state-run China Daily commented on Thursday. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, and it will remain so.” Beijing also demands that all other countries adopt this definition.
China’s One-China principle is unequivocal. According to Beijing, it states that “there is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China.” China understands adherence to the One-China principle as an “important political foundation for establishing diplomatic ties between other countries and China.” Because the People’s Republic considers Taiwan to be a Chinese province, Beijing believes it must also act and be treated internationally as a regional government.