CHINA-TAIWAN DIPLOMATIC TIES
The two nations diplomatic ties can best be described as being intricate and dynamic thereby being often misunderstood. According to China, Taiwan lies under its One China Policy, therefore making it an “inalienable part of China”. However, in view of Taiwan and the better part of the international community China’s view is subject to argument.
The Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is set to spend four nights in the United States this month while visiting Caribbean diplomatic allies according to news from her government. The move is likely to anger China, which views the island a renegade province.
In view of the Chinese government, self-ruled Taiwan lacks the right to state-to-state relations, terming it as the most sensitive and important issue in ties with the United States, which has no formal ties with Taipei, but is its chief diplomatic backer and supplier of arms.
Deputy Taiwan Foreign Minister Miguel Tsao stated that Tsai will spend two nights in the United States each way during her trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti from July 11th to 22nd 2019. However, the details of the U.S. portion of the trip are still being worked out.
According to the Deputy foreign Minister Tsao, the four Caribbean allies share similar ideals with Taiwan, adding that the theme of the visit will be mainly focused on “freedom, democracy and sustainable governance”.
Tsai, who faces re-election in January, has repeatedly called for international support to defend Taiwan’s democracy in the face of Chinese threats. Her government is entangled in in a diplomatic tug of war with Beijing as it does not acknowledge Taiwan as part of one china.
Beijing has regularly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan on drills in the past few years, while heaping international pressure on Taiwan by whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies. Currently Taiwan has only 17 formal ties with small nations in Central America and the Pacific.
Despite the sovereignty row, the economic ties between the island and the mainland have flourished in recent years. Even though political abrasions still shadow the relationship, China and Taiwan have experienced a renewal in tensions under new leadership with political leaders having opposing views on the island’s status and relations with the mainland.