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[Cross-strait Express Review No. 489]
After the U.S. Congress passed the so-called "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Bill" and China resisted the rejection of U.S. warships from entering Hong Kong, Scott, one of the sponsors of the bill, said "do everything possible to support Taiwan". Naval supply opportunities are more likely to be given to Taiwan.
This can't help but remind people of the new U.S. Defense Authorization Act passed by the U.S. Senate Military Committee two years ago, which includes new provisions that allow U.S. Navy ships to routinely call Kaohsiung or other ports in Taiwan, and allows the US Pacific Command to accept Taiwanese warships Entry requirements. That is to say, at least in terms of law, entering the port is possible, and there have been previous incidents of US military research ships entering the port. This is probably the conjecture of this congressman.
In fact, it is not surprising that U.S. lawmakers can say such irresponsible words:
First, the US Congress represents American ideology. The traditional view is that when an emerging country rises, its comprehensive strength reaches 70% of the hegemonic power, which will lead to conflict or even war between the two. In 2018, China's GDP was 66% of the United States. If it is calculated by purchasing power parity, it may have exceeded 70%. Therefore, it is an inevitable fact that Sino-U.S. Relations enter an eventful autumn. The consensus of the US political elites to curb China is also expressed through the voice of Congress .
Second, most of the pro-Taiwan forces in the United States are concentrated in Congress, and objectively there is a field of public opinion in Taiwan. Even if a member of parliament knows nothing about Taiwan, as long as he is anti-China, he will automatically become a pro-Taiwan faction due to the influence of the surroundings.
Third, the nature of the work of members of parliament determines that they are not on the front line of political operations, and do not know much about the actual political situation and needs, leading to situations where they can speak irresponsibly.
But Scott and the U.S. Congress he represents may have underestimated China's determination to safeguard core national interests. The reason the U.S. military was able to dock in Hong Kong was because of the agreement reached with the mainland in the early days of the reunification. The agreement clearly stipulates that the dock must be approved by the Chinese government, and all supplies including radio communications, vegetable supplies, and related details are arranged by the Chinese side. However, unlike the tradition of visiting Hong Kong, if US warships want to dock in Taiwan, it will seriously violate the "One China" principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques. It is a naked violation of the sovereignty of a country, especially for China, which is not in the United States. domination system in the chain of power, the final outcome might like Ministers in USA Kexin put it: "the US warship arrived in Japan Kaohsiung, that is, when Taiwan People's Liberation Army force to achieve reunification." (author: Wang Di, Shanghai Jiaotong University Taiwan Research Center )
(This article is a submitted work and does not represent the views of China Taiwan Network.)
[Responsible editor: Zhao Jing]