(LibertySociety.com) – Tensions have been rising between China and Taiwan recently over the island’s sovereign state as a separate entity. In fact, the mainland recently declared it would punish any person or business that showed support toward Taiwan’s independence. Following that announcement, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed a warning against returning to divisions the Asia-Pacific region experienced during the Cold War.
Given the country’s recent efforts to strengthen its military and economy, some allege Xi is directing caution toward the US and its allies to avoid inhibiting China’s growth.
The President’s Comments
The Chinese president urged countries in the region and worldwide to work together against common challenges like climate change, trade, and the COVID-19 pandemic. He said “attempts to draw ideological lines” or political boundaries would guarantee failure. The announcement of unity and cooperation came after China and the United States revealed an unexpected agreement regarding climate initiatives.
Xi said he’s committed to the “future of green development” and expressed optimism that the world can move toward a more sustainable environment for the good of all.
While the sentiment of everyone working together sounds hopeful, actions speak louder than words. China stands firm on its hold over Taiwan and its claim over resources in the South China Sea. In fact, Beijing recently increased military maneuvers near Taiwan, flying jets too close for the island’s comfort in October.
Taiwan, China, and the US
Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke out in support of the sovereign nation with a pledge the US will ensure Taiwan can defend itself against any attack. President Joe Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan stepped in to add that China may have a different value system and a competitive stance, but that doesn’t need to turn into “conflict or confrontation.”
Regardless, Xi agreed with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) June pact for a combined effort to tackle the coronavirus and make vaccines more available to nations who don’t currently have wide access. He pointed to a “fair and equitable distribution” for people around the globe.
It appears both China and the United States have no desire to return to Cold War-era divisions, agreeing that cooperation and healthy competition are more productive than division. As the communist country accelerates its military presence and its claims over Taiwan, the world will have to wait and see if the cooperative mindset will hold.
Biden and Xi plan to meet virtually before the end of 2021.
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