Skip to comments.Trump Should Read India’s Playbook for Taunting China
Posted on 12/20/2016 10:02:08 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Donald Trumps decision to break protocol and become the first president-elect in decades to speak by phone with a Taiwanese president was either a colossal blunder or a shrewd strategic coup, depending on which Beltway insider you ask. At the least, Trumps divisive exchange with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has sparked a substantive debate about the nature of U.S.-China-Taiwan relations and the sanctity of Beijings version of the One-China policy, which codifies Chinas inalienable sovereignty over Taiwan and Tibet.
Yet, as Washington braces for potential blowback from Beijing, both critics and supporters of the Trump-Tsai exchange have overlooked one key fact. In an era when global powers are shunning both Taiwanese and Tibetan leaders (like the Dalai Lama) under the weight of Chinese pressure, one country has been openly challenging Beijings One-China policy for more than six years: India.
Like many of Chinas neighbors, in the late 2000s India was still adjusting to the more assertive and nationalistic brand of Chinese foreign policy that emerged in 2008, when Beijings leaders interpreted the global financial crisis as symbolic of a great power shift from a declining West to an ascendant China. Bilateral ties were repeatedly tested by friction over Chinese incursions into India across their disputed border, Beijings efforts to block U.N. sanctions on Pakistan-based terrorists, and visits by the Indian prime minister and the Dalai Lama to the state of Arunachal Pradesh, most of which is claimed by China as South Tibet, among others.
One Chinese provocation cut deeper than the rest. In 2010, Beijing denied a visa to Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal on account of his posting as the head of Indias military command in Kashmir, the long-disputed territory claimed by Chinas all-weather friend Pakistan.
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China’s insistence on a “one nation policy” would be reminiscent of Britain having a “one nation policy” with regard to the US. Short of a few wars, something yet to be on Taiwan’s behalf, it is appropriate. China has no right to Taiwan considering the reason the communist Mao drove them off.
Long past time that some American leader with a full set of b*lls stood up to China’s Tyrranocrats.
It’s got to be a high priority foreign policy goal to stare down those monsters.
“Balls” and “testicles’ are not verboten on FR.
Seems everyone’s got their own unsolicited ‘advice’ for Donald Trump lately.
Totally agree. Folk China.
The U.S. should follow its traditional practice of recognizing de facto governments. In short, we should recognize both, and indicate that we are willing to work with either or both of them, but that we won’t allow either of them to dictate our policies.
bulls, bells, bills, bolls ?
Trump would be wise to court India as an allie in Asia against the chicoms. They are the only country with the manpower to come close to matching the Chinese. Trump should further attempt to drive a wedge between China and Russia.
China wants to be treated as a partner but behaves like we are an enemy. It is time we give them a does of their own medicine. They need us way more than we need them. If they attack any allie or US military asset we simply default on all the debt they bought. What are they going to do? They need us to buy their crap.
China is a bully and we let them get away with it. They think they own us.
“thanks to the jug-eared jackass boy Emperor” Love it!! Better than my “feckless fool on the hill.”
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