When Taiwanese coast guard vessels escorted the Quanjiafu fishing boat to the islands on a “protect the Diaoyutais” mission, it was described by the US and Japan as provocative behavior.
It is not difficult for Taiwan to increase its visibility in this situation.
The point is how can the nation accurately assess the respective positions and strategic thinking of Japan, China and the US.
John Lim is an associate research fellow at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica.
Translated by Paul Cooper