KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – Placing your trust in U.S. President Donald Trump is rather like entrusting your big life decisions to the roll of a dice. No matter what has come before, you can never be entirely sure that it won’t be different next time.
This is especially true when it comes to the U.S.’ relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
On the one hand, this is the U.S. president who accepted a call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), has placed sanctions and tariffs on China, and condemned it for spreading Wuhan coronavirus across the globe.
On the other hand, this is also the president who welcomed CCP leader Xi Jinping (習近平) to his Mar-a-Lago resort, praised his strong leadership, and was, according to his former National Security Advisor John Bolton, willing to abandon Taiwan to its fate at the hands of the CCP.
Even so, the generally tough stance the Trump administration has taken on China so far has been encouraging and the announcement this week it was rejecting the CCP’s spurious sovereignty claims in the South China Seas was another hugely positive step.
China’s South China Sea sovereignty claims date back to an early map produced by the CCP in 1947. This map was astonishingly vague and loosely based on territory that had at one time or another been controlled by one Chinese dynasty or another.