BEIJING – If US marines are sent to protect the American Institute in Taiwan (IAT), the movement could be treated by Beijing as “severe subversion” and “even an invasion of the US military on Chinese soil,” warned Chinese state media.
A new report indicates that US military personnel may be mobilized to provide personal security for the officers in the new building of the Institute in Taiwan. Beijing would regard this as a “subversion of the one-China policy,” warned the Global Times editorial, and warned of “a growing number of countermeasures Washington will have to face.”
The US State Department has not yet decided whether US marines will actually be stationed at the IAT, noted senior research fellow at the Taiwan Global Institute, David An, as well as other US embassies around the world.
While performing the duties of a US embassy, it is not technically an embassy building – an important distinction in the delicate diplomatic dance between Washington, Taipei and Beijing. This is because opening a diplomatic post of the type could be interpreted as recognition of Taiwan’s sovereignty, something that would complicate the relationship with the Chinese.
Based on these facts, An said that the impression is that “the final decision [regarding the deployment of Armed Forces officers] is still being considered within the US Department of State.”
Indecision did not prevent the Global Times from issuing a harsh condemnation of possible provocations: “If the US marines were publicly uniformed in AI, that would be treated by Beijing as a severe subversion of the one-China policy or even an invasion of the US military on Chinese soil. ”
The text also noted that if Washington “causes problems and takes extreme measures, it will know how Beijing will react.” For An, 10 or 20 or even 30 US Marines in Taiwan protecting the building “would hardly represent an ‘invasion,” since such a small number of US forces “is not a real capability against a foreign military.”
To compound the potential tension in US-China relations on issues related to Taiwan, the current trade dispute between Beijing and Washington shows no signs of ceasing any time soon.
“Clearly, we have a chronic problem with China,” said Robert Lighthizer, the highest US trade negotiator, in testimony before the Senate last week. “Some issues will be addressed in a short period of time,” he said, but added that “we will have a problem with China that will last for years.”
The latest plan the US is considering mobilize the Marine Corps to invade Taiwan, would be considered by China as an act of war, and a military invasion of Taiwan, known formerly as the isle of Formosa. Taiwan is considered by China to be an integral part of its nation. The Chinese Revolution was a long historical process that went through many phases, finally realizing a truly sovereign government established by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949. This set China upon a sovereign developmental course, which ultimately saw China rise as one of the most powerful countries on the planet.