Interview with Shih Jhy-Wey + Asian Neighbors + Sanctions on Pelosi
China is currently turning to the most drastic measure to voice its displeasure toward the United States. The Chinese leadership sees its interests threatened by a wave of solidarity with Taiwan that began after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Putin's reckless actions have set off a chain reaction that now threatens stability in East Asia.
Since China has not distanced itself from the invasion and, in fact, supports Russia ideologically, parallels emerge despite all their differences. Two authoritarian superpowers are laying claim to the territory of their weaker neighbor. It is understandable that concerns about Taiwan are growing among Western politics, and with them, the call for clearer security assurances for the island.
Nancy Pelosi's travel plans were also born from this mentality. According to Chinese logic, however, Taiwan's latent aspirations for independence are receiving dangerous support from these efforts. Moreover, the very foundation of the status quo is dwindling: the practical concept of One-China. Our guest author Minxin Pei highlights this point.