What did the "Taiwan-U.S. special channel talks" say? Wu Zhaoxie ends his visit to the United States and avoids talking about whether the "Representative Office in the United States" will be renamed
2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].
[Global Times Special Correspondent Zhang Tianxing] Taiwan's "National Security Council Secretary General" Gu Lixiong and "Foreign Minister" Wu Zhaoxie, who went to the United States to participate in the "Taiwan-US Special Pipeline Talks", arrived in Taiwan on the evening of the 13th. For recently on both sides of the great attention to the Taipei to the United States Representative Office "rebranded", they tight-lipped about. Some Taiwanese media bluntly said on the 14th that this matter will become a bargaining chip for the United States to please China. Taiwan should not be too naive to look forward to the United States, but be careful about the consequences that may be borne alone.
The Financial Times recently reported from Taipei and Washington that senior U.S. officials and Gu Lixiong and Wu Zhaoxie, "Special pipeline talks" were held in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, about 80 kilometers from Washington ". One of the key points of the talks was that the Taiwan side requested that the name of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States be changed to "Taiwan Representative Office". The weird thing is that the White House National Security Council, the U.S. State Department, the Taipei representative office in the United States and the American Association in Taiwan (AIT) have no comment on the matter. Taiwan's "China Times" noticed on the 14th that Gu Lixiong and Wu Zhaoxie arrived at Taoyuan Airport on the evening of the 13th. Surprisingly, Sun Xiaoya, director of the AIT Taipei office, arrived at Taoyuan Airport on United Airlines in less than an hour. 3 people roll After didn't walk together, not speaking only HSIE waved Reporter presents its compliments to. AIT also did not answer why Sun Xiaoya went to the United States, whether he was with Gu Wu, and whether he attended the "special pipeline talks.
Taiwan's "United Daily News" revealed on the 14th that in addition to Gu Lixiong and Wu Zhaoxie, the "Deputy Secretary General of the National Security Council" Xu Sizjian and a number of advisory committee members, there are also more than 10 people from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense. They are attending the regular meeting "Montreal Dialogue". The main topic is not the "renaming" of the representative office in the United States. "The two things should not be written together because of foreign media, I mistakenly thought that Wu Hao and Gu Lixiong were negotiating in the United States for the name change". A person familiar with the matter said that it has been nearly a year since Taiwan has promoted the "name change" of the representative office, and the meeting between senior officials of Taiwan and the United States does not include this issue.
It is also understood that, the United States and Taiwan defense industry conference will be October 10-12 in Virginia, United States of America, will that would deal with the People's Liberation Army military aircraft entering Taiwan "air defense identification zone" discussed Taiwan and regional allies, how to deal. Last year, the conference was changed to be held online due to the epidemic. This year, the entity meeting was resumed. Taiwan's former "Chief of Staff" Li Xian will deliver a special speech on the so-called "overall defense concept". Taiwan will be attended by Wang Xinlong, the deputy minister of armaments of the Ministry of National Defense, and whether Chen Wenzheng, deputy secretary general of the National Security Council, will participate has not yet been determined. It is worth noting that the US side has invited the Kuomintang to send representatives to participate. KMT Chairman Jiang Qichen has announced that he will personally lead a delegation of retired military generals, former "diplomatic" officials and experts and scholars.
In response to the issue of "Name Change", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on the 13th that the United States side made a clear commitment in the communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States that the American people will maintain cultural, commercial and other unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan; when the heads of state of China and the United States spoke on September 10, President Biden also stated that the United States has never intended to change the one-China policy. The Chinese side has made solemn representations to the United States on the relevant trends reported by the above-mentioned media.
The Island is not optimistic about "renaming. Guo Zhengliang, a former DPP "legislator", believes that the United States wants to negotiate with mainland China. The mainland's current posture is relatively high, and the United States has to create a little bargaining chip. "A new and unprecedented storm is coming to the Taiwan Strait," said an analysis by Su Yonglin, a think tank researcher, the "renaming" of the representative office in the United States must not be equated with Chen Shui-bian's "self-refreshing renaming" during his tenure: First, even if the United States reiterates that it maintains unofficial relations with Taiwan, the representative office is just a change of name, however, the removal of the word "economic and cultural" in the new name is equivalent to the fact that the US-Taiwan exchanges have taken off the "white gloves"; Second, the "renaming" of the representative office in the United States has an exemplary effect on other U.S. allies, the DPP authorities must fully cooperate and take the opportunity to carry out "big publicity" and "big internal publicity". The article stated that when talking about Taiwan's representation in the United Nations on the 10th, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that "the DPP authorities should stop engaging in legal Taiwan independence". This means that the mainland has publicly determined that the Cai authorities are engaged in "legal Taiwan independence", and this is exactly the red line set by the anti-secession law. Therefore, "the effect of changing the name of the representative office in the United States is no less than that of legal Taiwan independence in the eyes of the mainland, and I am afraid it will be more serious than the referendum on joining the United Nations".
"United Daily News" published an editorial on the 14th, saying that Taiwan's establishment of a representative office in Lithuania used the name "Taiwan", which triggered a strong protest in Beijing. "If the name of Taiwan's organization in the United States is changed, Beijing will not wait for it, there is bound to be a greater follow-up effect". The "China Times" said on the 14th that the various repressions of the United States on the mainland are obviously no longer effective, and the mainland economy is better than the past; And the retreat of the United States through Afghanistan has hit international prestige, and the internal epidemic has revived, enterprises have demanded that the tariffs imposed on the mainland be reduced. More importantly, the US inflation flame has been ignited. If it continues to fight a tariff war with the mainland, it will definitely not be conducive to itself. From a certain point of view, the call between the Chinese and US heads of state represents the weakness of the United States. Therefore, it is obviously unrealistic for the Tsai authorities to expect more tension in Sino-US relations and profit. "It is obviously unrealistic; When the United States turns, the Tsai government should think more about where Taiwan's interests lie, rather than completely bet on the United States, even spinning on unnecessary names".
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