Taiwan has won huge global support due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite China’s suppression, former US assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs Randall Schriver said on Thursday.
“Taiwan’s international recognition, international admiration for Taiwan, international support for Taiwan has almost never been higher, because we see the juxtaposition of how the PRC [People’s Republic of China] has handled the [novel] coronavirus and how Taiwan has,” Schriver told a virtual conference hosted by the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Schriver also berated China for poaching Taiwan’s diplomatic allies and seeking to exclude Taiwan from global bodies like the WHO.
The Chinese Communist Party’s “approach to Taiwan has failed, not by my measure, but by their own measure,” he told the forum, titled “US-Taiwan Relations and Taiwan’s Evolving Role in the Global Order.”
As a result of China’s failed policies, it has destroyed any pathway for what it calls “peaceful reunification” and any remaining constituency for a future “one China,” he said.
China’s proposed “one country, two systems” framework “never had much of a constituency in Taiwan, but polls now regarding what aspirations people have for a future arrangement ... have never been worse from China’s perspective,” Schriver said. “So it is very difficult to see re-Sinification of Taiwan through peaceful means.”
In light of that situation, the US should be concerned about a growing temptation on the part of China to use more military tools and coercion against Taiwan, he said.
Under such circumstances, the US and Taiwan should strengthen cooperation in the field of information sharing, Schriver said, adding that he supports US arms sales to Taiwan to help boost its defense capability.
Former US National Security Council senior director for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros told the forum that it is becoming more difficult for the US to strike a balance in supporting Taiwan while seeking to build a constructive relationship with China, given that China is growing more confident in East Asia and Taiwan is facing increasing pressure and coercion from Beijing.
The US should take its security pledge to Taiwan seriously, sell Taiwan more weapons based on the Taiwan Relations Act and help Taiwan join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, he said.
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
ZERO TOLERANCE: National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin said that he ordered Kaohsiung police to investigate reports of planned voter intimidation Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) yesterday denounced the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for asking people not to vote in a recall poll against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), while National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) called on police to follow up on reports that gangsters are planning to intimidate voters. Yen said that in an effort to save Han, the KMT has mobilized all of its members, who have increasingly tried to prevent Kaohsiung residents from exercising their right to vote in the poll on Saturday next week. She called on Kaohsiung residents to have the courage
Taipei is to reopen public facilities starting on Monday next week under three conditions, and allow indoor and outdoor events with fewer than 250 and 1,000 people respectively, Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) yesterday. The three conditions are practicing social distancing measures or wearing a mask if the proper distance cannot be kept, enforcing a real-name registration system for indoor activities and prohibiting meal sharing, Huang said. All municipal facilities would resume operations under those principles, with the exception of school campuses, she said. School campuses at high-school level and below would remain closed to the public to protect student health, but