President Trump has taken another step to stand up to China’s authoritarian Communist regime. He did so by upping America’s support for two of Beijing’s top enemies: Tibet and Taiwan.
What Did Trump Do?
Trump signed off on more aid for Taiwan and Tibet with money included in the $2.3 trillion from the recent COVID relief bill and Omnibus spending bill. China is not happy about America’s growing support for Taiwan and protecting of its waters in the South China Sea, and it is also angry about the United States’ strong opposition to China’s dominance and annexation of Tibet.
China is especially miffed about the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020 and the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020, which call for Taiwan to be recognized by China at the UN and be considered as a normal purchaser of arms like any other country.
The legislation on Tibet is even more specific, saying that China’s attempt to control who replaces the Dalai Lama after his death is a violation of religious freedom which could lead to more intense sanctions and punishment of any Chinese authorities involved in trying to stifle and control Tibet’s Buddhist religious traditions.
The Tibet Policy & Support Act specify that Chinese interference in the selection of the @DalaiLama’s successor will be perceived as violation of religious freedom, allowing the US govt. to place economic & visa sanctions on the Chinese officials involved.https://t.co/TMNnDLd74F pic.twitter.com/8YoT5ayZmi
— TibetanReview (@TibetanReview) December 28, 2020
China’s Big Footprint in Tibet
China took over Tibet last century and has controlled the small and remote nation since 1950, annexing it into the Communist People’s Republic of China. America’s legislation calling for sanctions on China for getting involved in who comes after the current Dalai Lama has enraged China, whose Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Beijing is “resolutely opposed” to US legislation on Tibet and Taiwan.
According to Lijian, Washington is “targeting” China and intentionally sabotaging relations with Beijing as well as inappropriately interfering in China’s domestic and private concerns. Essentially China is saying that its issues with Tibet and Taiwan are none of America’s business and telling Trump to back off.
Likely China’s leadership is looking forward to a President Biden where they will once again have more friends in America’s federal leadership. Former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski said on record in an interview that he believes the Biden family has so many ties and has accepted so many favors from China that they are “compromised” and cannot be expected to act in the national interest.
China’s Hypocrisy in Taiwan
As for Taiwan, it is in a dangerous position. Ever since the creation of Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China or R.O.C.) the island nation has been threatened by its much larger and more powerful Mainland Communist neighbor, which not only claims to be the “real” China despite destroying China’s culture and identity in 1949, but also claims that Taiwan is the aggressor and the party in violation of international law.
Thankfully the United States is willing to call China’s bluff on Taiwan and stand up to Beijing’s increasing aggression and violations in the South China Sea.
Taiwanese Presidential Spokesman Xavier Chang said that America’s support and involvement in backing Taiwan is noticed and appreciated, adding that “the United States is an important ally of Taiwan’s internationally, and a solid partner for sharing the values of freedom and democracy.”
China’s anti-American propaganda, which finds its way into Hollywood and many mainstream media outlets, would like people to believe that the US is an imperialist, racist empire. The irony, of course, is that this is actually a perfect description of China, which still won’t accept defeat and recognize that Taiwan is not part of Communist China.
The List of China’s Crimes Keeps Growing
China’s ongoing enslavement and genocide of its minority Uighur population in Xinjiang has also been met with strong opposition, particularly from people such as Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.