Just before 5 p.m., Dutch time, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plane touched down in Taiwan, a controversial event against China’s sore leg. And foreign commentator Bernhard Hammelburg thinks she didn’t necessarily do it right.
Hammelburg thinks Pelosi’s visit is unwise. She brought harsh words not only from China, but also from its president, secretary of state, and indeed from the highest diplomatic echelons in Washington. On the other hand, there are also many Republicans and Democrats who like it. But who knows why this visit takes place, may say.
According to Hammelburg, Pelosi does not have to do this to improve trade relations with Taiwan, which are excellent relations, he said. what is he talking about? “The speech is part of a framework, it’s all about the ‘one country, two systems’ principle from 1971. This is recognized by the whole world, including the United States, but also the Netherlands. None of these countries have an embassy or consulate there. So Hammelburg is skeptical about the visit. There is something hypocritical about going there to demonstrate for freedom and democracy, without giving any weight to a real relationship. They are all symbolic acts.
Although Pelosi’s visit does not necessarily lead to an improvement in trade relations between Taiwan and the United States, in fact it does lead to a deterioration of trade relations between Taiwan and China. Jon Boy Fossen, China expert and founder of BNR’s China Podcast, agrees. “100 Taiwanese food companies will be banned, temporarily or otherwise,” he says. “China is really very important as an importer of Taiwanese goods: in the last year alone, there was talk of 125 billion in imports. The year before that? Over 100 billion. So it is only increasing. The ban is very important for Taiwan from an economic point of view and has a huge impact on the economy. This economy.
Fossen continues: ‘For Nancy Pelosi, this will be a beautiful moment, showing her support for the Taiwanese. But it is more difficult for the Taiwanese specifically, because they are incredibly dependent on China economically. And they don’t want to keep bumping into them.
In addition to economic measures, Fossen particularly noted China’s harsh rhetoric toward Taiwan. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman described the matter as a provocation, but they have been using this word for days. But they also said that China is determined to take steps to ensure its sovereignty – and they see Taiwan as part of the nation of China.”
For example, images are circulating on WeChat – the Chinese version of WhatsApp – of military vehicles moving towards the Chinese coast. Something that could be considered a show of force according to Hamlburg. Everyone knows that if China wants to attack, they can. They are the best compared to Taiwan. By the way, there are American soldiers, and there are American weapons, but they are not of the best kind. If it comes to a military confrontation, Taiwan will stand no chance.
However, Hamelburg doesn’t think it will get that far. The Chinese do not want this at all and do not intend to. This only causes a problem and they can’t use that in the world either, they have other concerns on their mind. Joe Biden and Xi Jinping rarely agree on anything, but in this case I think they think it’s a provocation.”
Unexpected consensus, that’s how it can be safely described. President Joe Biden did not want Pelosi to visit Taiwan at all. “But Taiwan is jumping for joy now,” continues Hammelburg. “They think it’s great to have Pelosi here. Personally, I think it’s just about some oath, and the incident is forgotten after that. After all, this isn’t the first time the Speaker of the House has come here. Newt Gingrich also did before the 25th a year as a Republican speaker under Clinton, who also hated it happening.”
But then what? According to Hammelburg, it’s a fairly simple agenda. “Of course she is tired now, so she is going to sleep. Tomorrow she will address Parliament and then leave again. Then we can breathe easy again.”
Hammelburg has his doubts about the effects of the visit. “I don’t know if she has done more harm than she has done well, because she is not alone. Many people in the western world believe that Taiwan has the right to freedom and independence, and that such a democracy in that large region deserves our solidarity. I expressed it, But my idea is that as long as you’re not doing it with real resources like the diplomats stationed there, it’s just a blow in the air.