Posted BY: Daniel Jia
The passing of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last week brought along a new momentum for Taiwan to secure its sovereignty and thrive further.
In the face of growing tension over the Taiwan Strait triggered by China’s military threats, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 showed once again the bipartisan support for Taiwan’s sovereignty. These security assurances from the U.S., Taiwan’s strongest ally and supporter, will significantly help strengthen Taiwan’s self-defense capability against China’s aggression.
But the impacts of the U.S. Senate’s Act are far beyond military aspects.
China has been trying to subdue Taiwan by tightening the screws on Taiwan in all dimensions: diplomatically, economically, and culturally. What makes China capable of bullying Taiwan is not hard to understand. On the one hand, China forces Taiwan to keep a nearly nonexistent low profile in front of the world with the threat of military punishment if Taiwan fails to comply. In the meanwhile, China blocks the residual of Taiwan’s messages from being received by the world (i.e. no recognition, no co-operation, and even no interaction) using its political leverage as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council with veto power.