Three U.S. senators from both parties arrived in Taiwan on a C-17 military plane to announce a donation of 750,000 doses of vaccines. Although in terms of numbers and speed, this is not as fast as the 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that were delivered to Taiwan by Japan in an emergency. However, the focus is of course on the U.S. military plane that landed directly at Taipei’s Songshan Airport, which is evidence of the escalation of U.S. relations with Taiwan, and how China might respond.
In an editorial in the Global Times, the official media of the Chinese Communist Party, on August 31 of last year, it was claimed that if a U.S. military plane landed directly in Taiwan, a war in the Taiwan Strait would be started. Although accusing the U.S. of “seriously violating” the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués, it still asked the U.S. side to “handle the Taiwan issue with prudence”, which is very gentle and elegant compared to the previous war-wolf diplomacy and direct calls for action.
Compared to the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s cautious response, Chinese pink netizens are much more excited, not only questioning why they “trampled on the bottom line”, asking “to shoot the plane down” or “to shoot it down directly with bombs “, “Has the bottom line changed again?” The government even angrily charged that “where is the bottom line? This is exactly what the CCP used to do through “war wolf diplomacy” and even the verbal bravery of the official media, which encouraged the nationalism of its own people and eventually caused the opposite effect; in the face of small or weak countries, the CCP’s “war wolf diplomacy “However, when facing the United States, which is more powerful than China and has no military fear of the CCP, “military diplomacy” is enough to break the “war wolf diplomacy”, which is questionable. The “war wolves” are just “paper tigers”, and the tigers are not the same as the dogs.
Compared with the United States and Japan, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been continuously targeting Taiwan and even the official media’s smear campaign, which of course will only continue to worsen cross-strait relations; the biggest problem with the “war wolf diplomacy” is that when the constant civil and military attacks and intimidation continue, people will only get used to it and become numb. And lose any flexibility to solve the problem by soft means.
The US-Japan-Australia-India quadripartite alliance has taken shape earlier, and Japan and the US have even expressed their intention to include the Taiwan Strait in the defense of the US-Japan security treaty, showing that the diplomatic situation of the CCP is deteriorating, and there are enemies on almost every front, and the enemies have already joined forces. Even the “traditional wisdom” of “distant friends”, such as the EU countries, has led to mutual sanctions over the Xinjiang issue, and even to the abortion of the adopted China-EU Investment Agreement. Of China’s friends in Europe, only the most staunchly authoritarian Hungarian government remains, having successfully helped the CCP repeatedly veto China-related statements, such as the one on Hong Kong.
The pro-China Hungarian government has either traded resources but shaken its own governance – for example, the recent plan by Shanghai’s Fudan University to build a campus in the Hungarian capital has drawn the ire of the Hungarian people to the point of accusations of treason. Last Saturday (June 5), thousands of people took to the streets in protest, and the city government renamed the roads near the campus as “Dalai Lama Road,” “Guangfu Hong Kong Road,” “Uyghur Martyrs’ Trail,” and “Xie Shiguang Trail. “The Hungarian government seems to be softening up, and its Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gulyasz Gergely, has been protesting. Gergely Gulyás, the minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, said in an interview on Sunday night that the plan had not yet been incorporated into the plan and that the construction of the school would be left to the citizens of the capital to decide in a referendum, showing that the “aggressive” diplomatic offensive of the Chinese Communist Party in recent years has often had the opposite effect.
So when countries join forces, such as the United States and the European Union, to “harden up,” once the “war wolf diplomacy” is reduced to “paper tiger diplomacy,” it will only further undermine China’s diplomatic deployment, and even make The original plan has been aborted and broken, which can be described as losing a lot for a small reason.