Trump Regime's HHS Secretary's Provocative Planned Visit to Taiwan
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
A Trump regime delegation led by HHS Secretary Alex Azar plans an upcoming visit to Taiwan.
Saying the "trip represents an opportunity to strengthen our economic and public health cooperation with Taiwan, especially as the United States and other countries work to strengthen and diversify our sources for crucial medical products" is phony cover for the visit's real purpose.
It's part of US war on China by other means, going all-out to undermine its growing prominence on the world stage.
Beijing considers Taiwan its sovereign territory, treating it as a breakaway province to be eventually reunited with the mainland.
China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe earlier said his country's military will "firmly defend (China's) national sovereignty, security and developmental interests."
Decades ago, China's Deng Xiaoping said "(o)ne country, two systems" became official Beijing policy, part of its plan for eventual reunification of Taiwan with the mainland, the island state to be treated like Hong Kong and Macau, retaining their own administrative systems.
The issue was discussed with Richard Nixon during his 1972 visit to Beijing.
When formal Sino/US relations were established in January 1979, official US recognition of Taiwan ended.
The 1992 Consensus one China principle affirms US recognition of one China comprised of the mainland and Taiwan — an issue Beijing considers non-negotiable.
Trump unilaterally changed longstanding US policy, earlier saying "(e)verything (with China) is under negotiation, including one China.
Its Foreign Ministry responded strongly, demanding the Trump regime recognize "the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and abide by commitments made by previous US governments to the one China policy."
Azar's visit to Taiwan will be the highest-level one by a US official since 1979.
In 2014, Obama's EPA administrator Gina McCarthy visited the island state. So did the Clinton co-presidency's transportation secretary in 2000.
Azar is considered senior to them in the US presidential line of succession.
In response to the announced trip "in the coming days," China accused the Trump regime of "endangering peace," adding:
"China firmly opposes official exchanges between the US and Taiwan."
Beijing considers them the equivalent of a foreign nation visiting a US state without authorization from Washington.
It's the latest is an endless series of provocative US actions against the country.
Enactment of the US Taiwan Travel Act (2018) encourages high-level visits by foreign delegations.
On Wednesday, the American Institute in Taiwan announced Azar's upcoming visit.
He'll meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other high-level Taiwanese officials.
The US Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act (March 2020) aims to increase US/Taiwanese relations, encouraging other nations and international organizations to follow suit.
On Wednesday, China's Global Times cited unnamed Beijing officials, saying Azar's visit will likely be followed by other high-level US delegations, heightening tensions further between both nations, adding:
"If the US ignores China's warning and firm stance on its sovereignty over the island, a war in the region would be inevitable," according to unnamed analysts.
On Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin lodged "solemn representations" with the Trump regime over the announced visit, calling for it to be reversed, adding:
The US should "stop all official exchanges with Taiwan…and avoid undermining China-US relations and the stability of the Taiwan Straits."
Azar's announced visit is especially provocative given heightened Sino/US tensions over numerous issues.
According to Fudan University's Center for American Studies deputy director Xin Qiantg, Azar's trip will trigger a tough Beijing response.
National Taiwan University's Chang Ya-chung called the "Taiwan card" the most sensitive way to provoke the mainland.
China bashing is part of Trump's flagging reelection campaign strategy.
Xin believes he'll stop short of risking a rupture of bilateral relations.
His unacceptable actions poisoned bilateral relations beyond repair as long as he remains in office.
If Biden succeeds him in January, what's most likely based on current polls and economic collapse that's always a huge negative for incumbents, things won't likely improve much if at all.
East Asian affairs expert Ezra Vogel believes there's a real danger of war between the US and China if Beijing thinks Washington's support for Taiwan independence crosses an unforgivable red line, adding:
"A conflict over Taiwan could escalate into an all-out war that could be devastating to all mankind."
"We must develop an understanding between Chinese and American leaders to avoid this great danger."
While war between two nuclear super-powers with important economic ties is unthinkable, US rage for dominating other nations makes it possible.
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