It’s ‘illogical’ to compare Beijing’s Taiwan claims to US-Hawaii coalition: historian

Miles Yu, director of the China Center at the Hudson Institute, said that the people of Hawaii applied for and voted to join the United States, so that Beijing could see the communist takeover of Taiwan as a historic union with mainland Hawaii. He said that the identification was “illogical”.

His comments were in response to a speech by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Asia Society on Sept. He said he was resisting Taiwan’s independence.

“Just as the United States does not recognize the separation of Hawaii, China has the right to support national unification because Taiwan is part of China,” Wang said.

He described it as a “very destructive and dangerous gray rhinoceros” that must stop the ongoing separation of Taiwan, and attributed the autonomous island’s expansion of its defenses to US interference and “acquisition”.

“At present, the Taiwan issue has grown to be the biggest risk in China-US relations. If not handled properly, it will most likely destroy bilateral relations,” Wang added.

hawaii turned 50th Hawaii joined the United States in August 1959 after a referendum was held to accept the Hawaii Admissions Act signed into law by then-President Dwight Eisenhower in August 1959.

“The people of Taiwan have never applied for membership in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the People’s Republic of China has never exercised administrative or sovereign control over any existing territory of Taiwan. neither.

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Miles Yu, China policy adviser to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Annapolis, Maryland. (Tal Atzmon/The Epoch Times)

Mr. Yu is a US historian and formerly a senior adviser to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on China policy and planning.he spoke during the meeting interview with VOA on September 24th.

The Chinese Communist Party maintains that Taiwan is an independent province that must be integrated with the mainland, and vows to use military force to achieve this goal. Taiwan has been an autonomous democracy since the end of her Chinese civil war in 1949 and has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party.

Officially, the United States recognizes the position of the CCP, but does not endorse it. We also agreed that we should not try to unilaterally change the status quo, as we expect the Chinese government to do.

The Administration’s Lie of “Win-Win” Cooperation

In his speech, Wang said that China-US relations can only improve if Washington adheres to the three principles of the CCP: mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.

The challenge, however, is that what constitutes “victory” in terms of the values ​​of the socialist democracy of China and the liberal democracy of the United States are fundamentally opposed, with both sides blaming each other for aggression. It means that

Yu said it was the CCP’s own aggressive actions that undermined peace in the Pacific, and the Chinese government continued to conveniently ignore the fact that its system of governance remains unattractive to the people of Taiwan. said.

Wang said China hopes that cooperation with the United States will be driven by “win-win results.”

But the Chinese Communist Party’s attacks on the region over the past few years suggest it must be a “victory” for the Communist Party, Yu said. was dismissed as “fraudulent and meaningless.”

“China is a peace-destroyer, as it has been under the ‘win-win’ lie for over a decade in the South China Sea, Taiwan Strait and elsewhere. [cooperation]China has taken advantage of the world, including the United States. ”

Yu said the U.S. government views its relationship with China from a “realistic perspective” because it recognizes the CCP’s “strategic intentions,” citing the administration’s inhumane treatment of the Uyghur minority. citing unfair treatment, unfair trade practices, and regional security.

“Beijing views US criticism of China’s actions on all fronts as disrespectful to China, so what Wang Yi mentioned is that the US must first respect China. , there is no trust, ” said Yu.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with Wang on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 23, and emphasized the US priority of maintaining peace and stability on the Taiwan issue.

China launched its largest military exercises around Taiwan in August after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the autonomous island.

Andrew Thornebrooke contributed to this report.

Aldogra Fredry


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.