Taiwan is getting more global support — and China is pushing back

As countries including the U.S. deepen ties with the self-ruling island, Beijing is using military and other means to assert its territorial claims.

10/20/2021 1:05:00 PM

NEW: China wants the world to know it's 'not going to get pushed around' on Taiwan, while experts say China’s recent military maneuvers may be aimed less at Taiwan than at the broader international community.

As countries including the U.S. deepen ties with the self-ruling island, Beijing is using military and other means to assert its territorial claims.

According topoll resultsreleased in August by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a majority of Americans believe that the U.S. should recognize Taiwan as an independent country and, for the first time, that the U.S. should send troops to defend Taiwan if China were to invade. Lawmakers from both parties have also said the U.S. should

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end its policy of “strategic ambiguity”and commit to Taiwan’s defense, though others argue that could backfire.Chinese fighter jets at a training base in Ningbo, China, on Jan. 14. China regularly sends warplanes into the skies near Taiwan.Tian Jianmin / FeatureChina via AP Images file

Shifting American attitudes toward Taiwan are motivated partly by cooling attitudes toward China, the council said, a trend that is echoed inadvanced economies around the world.Amid America’s hardening attitude toward China, Beijing is also making clear that it is willing to exert influence far beyond its borders. Taiwan accused China of obstructing it from buying coronavirus vaccines internationally, and China has continued to block Taiwan from participating in the World Health Assembly even during the pandemic.

In August, China recalled its ambassador to Lithuania and expelled the Lithuanian envoy to Beijing over plans for Taiwan to set up an unofficial embassy in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, called the “Taiwanese Representative Office” rather than the less provocative “Taipei.”

Taking issue with the way countries and organizations refer to Taiwan is a key way China tries to isolate the island, said Tiffany Ma, a senior director at BowerGroupAsia. In recent years, global airlines and hotel chains have altered their websites at Beijing’s request to avoid any suggestion that Taiwan is not part of China, lest they lose access to the lucrative Chinese market.

Ma also pointed tothat nongovernmental organizations seeking consultative status change the way they refer to Taiwan on their websites, including the World Bicycle Industry Association, the American Sociological Association and a Jewish group in New Jersey.

“At this point we see that nothing is really too small for China,” she said.The backlash China is experiencing on the international stage presents real opportunities for Taiwan but also real dangers, Rigger said.“If you overplay your hand then you may find yourself facing the wrath of the P.L.A.,” she said, referring to China’s People’s Liberation Army, “and you do not know for sure that all of those countries that were talking such a great game before are actually going to come to your aid.”

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Download theNBC News appfor breaking news and politicsIn Taiwan, residents are keenly aware of the increase in Chinese military activity and worry about the possibility of war, according to a poll conducted this year by theBrookings Institution. But that doesn’t mean they live in constant fear of an attack from Beijing.

“I think they’re just flexing their muscles,” Mary Chen, 65, a trade company manager in Taipei, told NBC News this month after the wave of military sorties. “This is what they do all the time.”Chen said she actually felt more relaxed these days, “because now we have visibility internationally, which is something we didn’t have before.”

Beijing has good reason not to jeopardize its international position ahead of important events like the 2022 Winter Olympics, which it is hosting, and next year’s Communist Party congress, at which Xi is expected to seek an unprecedented third term. But if there is some domestic crisis that threatens the party’s hold on power, Ma said, “obviously that calculus shifts.”

James Teng, 39, a designer in Taipei, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Taiwan came under attack one day, but that it was impossible to predict.“I think the only win-win situation is that the threats are balanced enough to keep everybody alerted without actually starting a war,” he said. “Once there is war, nobody wins.”

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They have pretty much most of a continent to work with, why can't they just leave little Taiwan alone? They seem to have gotten along well without it. They already are China took seriously a statement 20 years ago that IT would lead the new century, not the USA. Other than starving its people, it is acting like the unelected leader of the world. I am so afraid for Taiwan...i hope the UN can help it before China sucks it up like it did the sea

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Joe Biden wants the world to know anyone can push the US around. If it is, New York will simply suggest the act of 'Swarming' will be initialized. No need to follow through of course. We are mighty. Not worth it. Possibly, literally. All Dictators are Dishonest and Scammers and Liars and Psychopaths! Psychopaths are in a constant state of mental tension, which is shaping up as a power struggle and a constant attack attitude towards their fellow human beings. It's about gaining psychic power over people.

Our collective ability upon irrefutable confirmation of ones desires will make this situation rather easy to solve from 'All-ah's' perspective. China will not need her in a future of Hyper-Capitalistic Socialism. Shouldnt be a problem.

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Ya well, The world wants China to know, They still have to pay. With the global adoption of Non-Binding Irrefutable Consensuses it will be Taiwan that will make this awkward on TV for Xi. Once consensus is established with an Entity's query of Participants via The Operator the results will be displayed on Convergence.

Taiwan isn't gonna get pushed around... The government that is offended that their leader looks like Pooh Bear is trying to act tough. 🇨🇳🎙️💀 I hope that the United States will help the people of southern Taiwan improve their livelihoods and increase their incomes, without saying anything meaningless.

Taiwan is part of China, period China is a paper tiger they want Taiwan to turn over the keys without a fight. They know it will be ugly if they go in with force. Maybe we fought for the wrong side in WW2…. Looks that way.

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I'm gonna laugh when China gets pushed around on Taiwan. Uh China, aren't you trying to force yourself onto Taiwan The US is like.. Winnie the Pooh is having a bad year... What are we going to do about Taiwan? Let it go the way of Hong Kong? Do you need a Business/Personal Loan to pay off your bills? We offer loans to the public with a very low rate of 3%interest. Interested person should contact us through Email: Please Reply with Loan Amount Needed Loan Duration: Contact Address: Phone:

America and its gang is not the world. There are 195 countries in this world. Get educated. China must be more concerned about the world they can be defeated. China has never owned Taiwan. It has been a separate island with it's own indigenous people for 6,000 years past, long before the first Han Chinese settlers reached its shores.

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The same way that the US learned to live with Cuba in its shores, Chima must get accostumed to live with Taiwan nearby. Yeah, sounds like late 1930s Hitler's attititude towards his neighbours alright. The USA should allow a full embassy from Taiwan to operate here and make it clear that we will defend Taiwan from China in all military matters to include nuclear war. China is a bully.

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The Chinese are asking for trouble. Joe biden will do whatever daddy ping wants him to. Grow up. Taiwan getting support would mean: 1. Readmitted into UN 2. Attending international events and conference under its own country name without any other countries interference Am I seeing these happening or just tongue and cheek “I support Taiwan”?

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Nor should the world try and push around China. Fkn with China just seems like a really bad idea. it’s easy stop mass producing in china. declare that american cos don’t have long term plans in china. hurt their long term goals; and that will tame them. capitalism won’t allow it though. Taiwan isn’t the one pushing anyone around it’s China. Stop bothering them.

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Oh Well China owns the USA . Best not piss your owners off! We might actually make goods again here! Taiwan is going to eat more rackets

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Go, US, go! BE CAREFULL WHAT U ASK FOR CHINA/.u are a commie nation ,so do not mess with usa/. f'n a China. Stay strong. Taiwan has had too good for too long. who is pushing you around? What world are you talking about? Maybe you meant the US! Bad News For Taiwan! The United States won't come to the rescue whenever China decides to take Taiwan by force. Boring Biden is COMPROMISED , will do nothing at all. Good luck you are on your own.

Just go home and stay home. None of your business. This is between two corperations that I do not care much for. First, how the fuck do you know what China wants the world to know? Second, who the fuck are you to step in between? With this weak President, they’re right. Obama abandoned Crimea so…. Don’t mess with Winnie the Pooh

More global support? Can you list them here? Go and read China's history before supporting Taiwan. Taiwan is a part of China Thank you!

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Sounds like Japan in the 1930s. The Greater East Asia Prosperity Sphere. China's ego at stake. 'experts' China should surrender to Taiwan. Or, The west should just wipe China out completely. I'm good with either if these options. Trump 2024! Everything made in China is Cheap! You opened your top of hour with missed strike from redox game...ona day commission votes to hold Bannon in contempt. Gfy. You wonder why our democracy will die? But hey. Manchester united scored.