Taiwan Fears China Is Chipping Away at U.S. Support – Wendell Minnick
China is having success in its diplomatic and economic campaign to weaken international support for Taiwan, the self-governing island’s de facto ambassador to Washington said.
Joseph Wu, whose official title is representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), argues that Beijing has used diplomatic and economic thuggery and threats to weaken U.S. resolve to defend Taiwan and undermine Taipei’s efforts to get recognition in the United Nations.
Washington has become increasingly critical of Taiwan’s democratic initiatives. In particular, President Chen Shui-Bian has been pushing for a public referendum on allowing Taiwan to join the United Nations. The issue has irritated both Beijing and Washington.
Wu said U.S. officials were becoming addicted to China’s diplomatic and economic influence in situations from North Korea to the Middle East, and Beijing has used this belief to cause a rift between Washington and Taipei. [Full Text]