In the Name of “Honour”…
by Mila NY on February 12, 2017 - 9:35pm
In the Name of "Honour"...
Trump Tells Xi Jinping U.S. Will Honor ‘One China’ Policy
By Mark Landler and Michael Forsythe,
Published on February 9th, 2017.
There is a tension between the President of China, Xi Jingping, and President Donald Trump. Since his inauguration, President Trump has had phone conversations with foreign leaders, but President Xi was excluded from the lot. According to New York Times, President Xi refused to interact by phone with Mr. Trump because the American President has had a telephone conversation with the president of Taiwan, which is an act against the “One China” policy. The “One China” policy is a diplomatic acknowledgement of China as a single government, meaning that it only allowed America to have formal ties with China rather than with Taiwan. Although Taiwan is claimed to be an independent country by its Taiwanese government, the Chinese government does not acknowledge so. Instead, China says that Taiwan is a breakaway province that needs to be reunited. Hence, for Trump to have a conversation with the Taiwanese president meant that he recognized Taiwan as a self-governing country, breaking the “One China” policy that has been upheld for decades since 1979. To conciliate with China and to better their relationship, Mr. Trump wrote a Chinese New Year letter that was hand-delivered to Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador. Evan S. Medeiros, senior director for Asia, says, “This letter means they’re looking for a creative ways to stabilize this relationship when Trump and Xi can’t talk due to differences over Taiwan policy.” The Secretary of State Tillerson spoke in the White House, asking for the American President to publicly commit to the “One China” policy. However, much to his dismay, President Trump refused to do so at the moment. On the other hand, the relationship between President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is being seen as skeptical by the Chinese government. Because both leaders are planning to have a meeting at Mr. Trump’s personal club, where they would have dinner together followed by a golf match, the Chinese government believe the President of America has ulterior motives; that is, to make Japan the centrepiece of Asia. While Mr. Trump is giving Mr. Abe the “red-carpet” treatment, America’s relation with China has shifted down since his inauguration, particularly due to Mr. Trump’s advocation for a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to America. However, as Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, states, ““The two countries share wide common interests, and cooperation is the only correct path for both.” Luckily for Mr. Trump, business relationships are firm between his advisers and leading Chinese companies who share links with the Communist Party. Consequently, the tension between the political powers of United States and China can possibly be lifted. As of February 9th 2017, the same article by New York Times has been update, mentioning that Mr. Trump will now seek to honour the “One-China” policy. The White House stated that both presidents have finally conversed, with Mr. Trump finally agreeing to China’s request of following the policy.
I always ask myself why there is such a big tension between the countries of East Asia. I ask myself why China is so apprehensive that Taiwan be acknowledged an independent country, or why it fears that Japan be made the centrepiece of Asia. The answer would probably deal with China’s desire to achieve maximal political power, which can only thrive if the country is made the core of Asia. In other words, if America does not establish official relations with Taiwan, or if it does not place Japan first, than all benefits of international relationship and economy will first go to China. As a result, the country will grow to rise as an international superpower, which it currently is; and, it will serve as a primordial function to the current world order. I always wondered why East Asian countries— China, Japan, Korea, etc.— seek to have America as their supporting ally before their neighbouring countries. Through my standpoint, this matter has do with the historical sufferings of each country, and the values that they have kept throughout the years. According to historical records, China had really bad relationships with Japan due to the events of World War 2, whereas China and Taiwan always had conflicts with regard to national identity after the same war. As an individual of many East Asian descent, I can be sure that all these countries share the same value of honour, but I think that this value has become self-destructive, rather than self-constructive. What I mean to say is that each country is so indulged in finding patriarchal honour, that they do not seek for collaboration. This, consequently, has led to selfishness; each country aims to benefit itself, rather than to help one another. I believe that that could be the reason behind why China wishes to have Taiwan considered as its own. Because if the “One China” policy existed, Taiwan would never be officially declared an independent country, and instead, it will be diplomatically isolated from the international pedestal. In return, China becomes in charge of its resources, and the Taiwanese government will have no say. This policy until now has only served to bring Taiwan a lack of recognition, leading to oppression since the Chinese government has stripped Taiwan of its identity, of its culture and traditions, and of its values and beliefs.