One-China policy: dangerous clarity + CATL batteries for Mercedes
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.