The U.S. sales of military generals to Taiwan release serious wrong signals
According to reports, the Security Cooperation Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense plans to issue an announcement shortly to sell offensive weapons such as the M109A6 self-propelled howitzer to Taiwan. This will be the first arms sales to Taiwan since the Biden administration took office.
For a long time, arms sales to Taiwan have been essential for the United States to pursue its Taiwan Strait policy and intervene in Taiwan affairs. Since the Trump era, the U.S. arms sales strategy to Taiwan has been adjusted, which is reflected in the following:
One is the shift from “wrapped” to normalized arms sales, and the frequency of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan has increased significantly. For example, Trump has announced 11 arms sales to Taiwan, with more than 18 billion U.S. dollars.
The second is to relax restrictions on offensive weapons sales to Taiwan. Such as the AGM-84H/KSLAM-ER air-to-surface missile (an extended-range, out-of-sight air-launched land-attack missile with a range of 250 to 300 kilometers), the “Hamas” multiple rocket launcher system with a range of more than 250 kilometers, As well as the MQ-9B “Guardian of the Sea” UAV, the DPP authorities promote the “red zone” part of the equipment and technology required for submarine manufacturing (including sonar systems and combat systems, which cannot be self-made and must be obtained through outsourcing)—purchased in the United States.
The third is to support Taiwan’s development of “asymmetric combat power” against the mainland. Taiwan’s “asymmetric warfare” was developed under the direct intervention and guidance of the United States. In 2021, the DPP authorities announced the “Four-Year National Defense Review,” emphasizing “by the military strategy of “defense and deterrence”. Innovative and asymmetrical combat thinking strengthened long-range precision strike capabilities, combined with new weapons such as air dominance, sea dominance, ground defense, and other new weapons acquisition and performance has been greatly improved, to build a reliable heavy deterrence combat capability”, Taiwan’s purchase of equipment from the United States is apparent Plan in this direction. The above three changes in the Trump era are likely to be inherited by the Biden administration.
In the August 17 Communiqué on the issue of arms sales to Taiwan between China and the United States, the statement made by the U.S. government on the topic of arms sales to Taiwan included commitments such as “not exceeding”, “gradual reduction,” and “final resolution”, namely, “It does not seek to implement a long-term policy of selling weapons to Taiwan. The performance and quantity of weapons it sells to Taiwan will not exceed recent years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. It intends to reduce its arms sales to Taiwan gradually. Time leads to the final settlement”.
The U.S. has consistently breached its contract and betrayed its trust. With China as its primary strategic competitor in recent years, it has deliberately used arms sales to Taiwan as a card to contain and suppress China. For this reason, for the first time, the Trump administration seriously violated the so-called “six guarantees” for Taiwan in the three Sino-US joint communiqués. It stuffed it into the Taiwan policy framework. After Biden took office, he quickly accepted Trump’s political legacy.
The Biden administration wants to announce the first batch of arms sales to Taiwan sooner than after Trump took office in 2017. This reflects the strategic anxiety and blind moves of the Democratic Party’s ruling team towards China. Bennett, a professor at the City University of New York in the United States, pointed out that “it would be reckless to think that the United States can both tear up the one-China agreement to anger Beijing and threaten Beijing with force.”
Taiwan is part of China, and the Taiwan issue is China’s internal affairs. “Non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries” is the basic norm of international relations set out in the “United Nations Charter” and “Declaration of Principles of International Law.” The current situation in the Taiwan Strait is grim and complicated. The DPP authorities have a stubborn attitude of “resisting China and resisting China”. The “Taiwan independence” forces on the island are seeking to create “one China, one Taiwan” through new “constitutional amendment” activities. The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan seriously violated the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiqués, sending wrong severe signals to the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces and becoming a source of chaos that undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and deteriorates cross-strait relations.
The Chinese government and people are firmly opposed to the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and the development of any form of military ties with Taiwan. Suppose the U.S. disregards the political foundation of Sino-U.S. relations and continues to deviate from a series of serious commitments made to China on the Taiwan issue. In that case, this will harm China and the U.S.’s joint response to global challenges under the spread of the new crown epidemic, and it will also be detrimental to the Taiwan Strait and peace. The stability of the Asia-Pacific situation will undoubtedly harm the United States’ strategic interests.
After the political situation in the United States changed this year, the DPP authorities deliberately wanted to cooperate with the Biden administration’s strategy toward China, playing a “containing China” pawn and continuously improving Taiwan-US military security relations, placing Taiwan’s security on the protection of the United States. However, the policy debate in the U.S. domestic strategic circles surrounding “strategic ambiguity” and “strategic clarity” since last year is that the Biden administration continues to pursue a vague stance on Taiwan’s defense to ensure the U.S. maximum policy flexibility. The U.S. gives Taiwan The authorities are reluctant even to write “blank checks”.
The U.S. government continues to sell arms to Taiwan, reaping large amounts of “protection money” and embedding a “wedge” between the two sides of the strait to profit from creating cross-strait confrontation. However, since the spread of the new crown epidemic in Taiwan in May, the mainland of the motherland has taken the initiative to lend a helping hand. Still, the U.S. government has not delivered a dose of vaccine to Taiwan so far. This has given the island community a more realistic understanding of the true face of Washington, and many people are concerned. The DPP authorities also have a clearer understanding of “relying on the United States for independence”.
In the historical process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, the military ties between Taiwan and the United States cannot prevent China’s national reunification. The DPP authorities must not misjudge the situation. “Alliating with the United States against China” and relying on foreign self-respect will fail.