this is true. but gotta push harder faster. The fact we have a more or less sane president for once also helps. Ma and Chen were both a bit fucked up.
I guess I just dont share the optimism that we are on Taiwans timeline and we can wait forever. I feel we are borrowed time, and the world needs to start waking up. I mean, these things are out there, spouted by the CCP themselves. so its far from some conspiracy theory that actions need to be taken. and the action of saying “We ~xyz country~ recognize Taiwan asa country and fellow democracy with like beliefs and goals” is really not a hard thing to do. regardless of the people scared of CCP threats. this is actually a simple thing to do. After all the us just flipped the switch on Taiwan and went to china without hesitation… so it cant be that hard.
it is obvious why, and that’s the elephant in the room not many are comfortable admitting because we are all guilty.
Chinas main strategy is isolation as they currently don’t have the military capabilities to make taking the island a sure thing even with Taiwan on it’s own. It can probably be done but it would be ugly at best.
Anyone saying Pelosi or others shouldn’t visit is just playing into China’s strategy. If no one can normalize relations with Taiwan, might as well sign up as a SAR now.
Yes, there are risks in trying to normalize relations. But anyone who believe playing into Chinas strategy of isolation is safer is just fooling themselves with the illusion of safety at this point. China will invade one day on the current path if Taiwan continues to be isolated.
I’m in Italy right now and it’s front page news cycle. A bit over dramatic as the media does. But now the Taiwan China issue can no longer be ignored. Countries around the world are shocked China would threaten Pelosi as well.
At the very least, this issue can’t be ignored for countries now if the US is involved. You can be sure for many US Allies, they won’t be able to just sit on the side. They will need to think about this seriously in the coming days.
The diplomatic corps folks I met during his presidency (2000-2008) told me quietly how frustrating it was to work with his administration. The Chen administration would say they’d do this, then without blinking they would zing in another direction. Not the best days.
he was a wild card. even the strong DPP supporters will concede that, at least to non chinese kmt members.
But, he was a neccessary loose cannon I feel. he probably deserves to be in jail, and that was necessary to get what we have today as well. with the exception of the great selling out in the previous administration, the advancement of taiwans government has been a nice thing to see. It could have very easily gone the polar opposite.