Yeah America is all about big business and the military.
So the next missile crisis ala 1996, all of you will not have a word to say about whether the US “should do something!” and when the carriers come to rescue the American citizenry, you will stand back and say, “wow I guess the US government does something for its citizens after all, wish we could go, but the US is only taking US citizens. Too bad for us.” Right. You’ll all be in the front of the line.
I hope however not to see that day. Douglas Paal is supposed to be quite talented and very capable. There was talk in the beginning that he might be seen as being too pro-Beijing but apparently the US government was satisfied on that score. These debates tend to exaggerate things or minor points to make issues of things for the news but…
So far so good to me. Actually most of the trade office directors here seem pretty top talent. Taiwan is after all a big importer, exporter, source of investment, etc. etc. so most of the diplomats here ironically barring the ones Taiwan has diplomatic relations with are very capable. The others leave something to be desired but then I do not imagine that major investment flows between Taiwan and Burkina Faso or Sao Tome e Principe require the top drawer professionals. Those are saved for Congo and Ghana. Exciting news Nauru may be back in the ROC fold of nations. Better get the checkbook out.
And who would be so dumb as to exchange a US passport for an ROC one when everyone else is stampeding in the other direction? As to not recognizing the ROC, I think that its citizens receive every protection and courtesy while in the US no?