Trump-Xi talked on Taiwan chips?
Since President Trump took office on January 20, he has been busy runs-in phone call with world leaders finally it was turn for Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) the two spoke by phone on last Thursday evening.
According to the White House, they discussed numerous topics and President Trump agreed at Xi’s request of to honor American ‘one China’ policy that requires Washington to maintain only unofficial ties with China's rival Taiwan. President Trump has accused Beijing of unfair trade practices, criticized China's military buildup in the South China Sea and accused Beijing of doing too little to pressure North Korea. The call was described as "extremely cordial" and that the two leaders had invited each other to visit.
Trump’scommitment during the phone call was correctly reflecting the US’ long term stance on China policy, it bases on the Three Communiques and the Taiwan Relation Act to deal the issue over Taiwan Strait that there is only one China,it is officially represented by PRC today and Taiwan is not part of China.
However, the Chinese state-run Global Times said Mr. Trump committed to President Xi to abide by the 'One China' policy, which was observed by the US for decades, recognizing Taiwan as part of Chinese mainland. It isobviously an old trick that Chinese play all the times to twist acknowledging into recognizing. They took Taiwan as ROC and ROC had been succeeded by PRC under UN Resolution 2758 on October 25, 1971, so they claim Taiwan is part of China. But, Taiwan is not ROC and ROC has never owned Taiwan’s sovereignty. They really need to go back to school to update their knowledge of modern history and international laws.
Since the end of WWII, there is no any legal document can prove that China, neither ROC nor PRC owns Taiwan’s sovereignty although they have claimed all days long. As we all know that the sovereignty of a nation istransferred from government to government. During the war, Japanese government owned the sovereignty of Taiwan none questioned it. After war, Japan renouncedall right, title and claim, to Formosa and the Pescadores on September 8, 1951 in the San Francisco Peace Treaty, and effected on April 28, 1952. Neither ROC nor PRC was invited to the Peace Conference and none of them authorized as the recipient of Taiwan sovereignty from Japanese government.
The San Francisco Peace Treaty has clearly authorized the United States Military Government as the principal occupying power of Japan and Japanese nationals includes Forma and the Pescadores now known as Taiwan and Pengfu. The President of US is the Commander-in-Chief of USMG. So, President Trump is the legal person authorized by the international peace treaty to handle Taiwan final political status.
December2, 2016 he openly greeted Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as the President of Taiwan. He also tweeted his questioning of one China policy at that time beforehis inauguration. Now he had sworn in as the 45th US President. He is entitled to officially handle the issue of Taiwan. Hopefully, he can make it clear of the final legal status of Taiwan to theworld especially PRC.
The Wall Street Journal titled “Beijing’s patience pays off with Trump’s reaffirmation of ‘one-China’ policy” and Xi praised Trump’s change of heart. JamesZimmerman, the former head of the American Chamber of Commerce in China saidTrump’s threatening to repudiate the one China policy and then backing downcon firmed to the world that he is a paper tiger. Even the Guardian headlined a piece about the call, “China U-turn is latest sign Trump may turn out to be apaper tiger.
Well, it seems too early to name whois a paper tiger and to conclude the impact of Trump-Xi call. Let’s examine from the heat and sensitivity of media in the real time frame. First, it occurred 20 days after Trump’s inauguration, neither the first nor the last, it seems not that important by sequence. But, it was Trump’s warm greeting to Chinese people for the lantern festival. Second, the news impact stayednot even a day then immediately covered by the following official visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Third, it came at the right moment helping Trump to release the regret of his executive order rejected by the 9th Circuit Court. Fourth, it reminds us thereis still an American unfinished business in Taiwan since the end of WWII. Yes, a country will certainly be great again if the government get the job of international treaty assignment done and it certainly will earn worldwide respects.
So, what lesson have we learned from Trump-Xi call? It clearly delivered two messages, first, the US agrees there is only one China,it is PRC; second, PRC does not own Taiwan for it is not ROC. This talk didreaffirm the US’s one China policy it relies firmly on the Three Communiqués for all Chinese of PRC and ROC to merge as one and the Taiwan Relation Act for Taiwan and the United States to strengthen the official relationship plus the Six Assurances to enforce the ties between two of them.
Remember, if Taiwan wants to stop the repeated tragedy of being a scapegoat, tribute or bargain chips on a negotiating table, the key point is to realize that Taiwanese are not Chinese and Taiwan is not the Republicof China.