Clearly, they are here to discuss an important issue. The US Department of State’s arrangement of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy’s visit to Taiwan is a symbol of the strengthening relations between the Taiwan and the US.
Meanwhile, AIT Managing Director Barbara Schrage is soon to retire. She will be replaced by Joseph Donovan, a diplomatic adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, early next month, to strengthen Taiwan-US military and diplomatic relations.
The appointment is surely related to the Chinese military expansion.
Perhaps President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) learned his lesson from China when dealing with the US.
On Dec. 20, Taiwan and the US signed an agreement for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
On the surface, the agreement ensures US supplies of nuclear fuel and facilities for Taiwan’s nuclear power plants. However, Taiwan is profiting from the US while also showing its loyalty.
The agreement may also sever ties between Taiwan’s environmental groups and Washington, which may think that the groups that oppose Ma’s nuclear policy are also anti-US. If this were the case, Ma could lean toward China even more.
The future triangular relationship between Taiwan, China and the US will inevitably affect the national security of both Japan and South Korea, and it will be crucial to regional stability in Asia.
Paul Lin is a political commentator.
Translated by Eddy Chang