USA can count on Tibetans (through India) to put China at its 'proper place'. By Hem Raj Jain
04 Aug 2022
Lip service to democracy by the USA / Pelosi would fool no one (ii)- Strategic retreat over Taiwan legitimate only if USA launches new global organization for ‘rule based participatory secular democracies’ (iii)- New global organization will help the USA in getting assistance of India which is in unique position to assist the USA (also by getting independence of Tibet) in keeping China at its ‘proper place’
During last one year the USA has faced humiliation on foreign land on two counts (1)- First some in Afghanistan where the way the USA left it in August 2021 it dented US-global-clout & credibility and (2)- After that much more the second was in Ukraine where Russia entered in Ukraine militarily on February 24 and where it is still there after snatching Donbas & neighboring areas from Ukraine militarily despite ‘Budapest memorandum’ (which was in any way breached in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea).
But these two instances are nothing in comparison to what the leader of the free world the USA has faced over Taiwan where China openly & directly threatened the USA. The ongoing cold war - II between ‘liberal Western democracy’ led by the USA against ‘authoritarian Chinese democracy’ was bound to convert into hot war sooner than later for the simple reason that the USA was not taking ‘the rule based global order for liberal secular democracies’ seriously. Never during the last 77 years (in the post world war-II era) has any country threatened the USA so openly & brazenly as China has done when Chinese President Xi Jinping dared & threatened President Joe Biden regarding the proposed visit of US-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (second in line after Vice President for Presidency) to Taiwan.
There was a telephonic conversation on July 28 between President Biden and President Xi about which Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian on the issue related to Taiwan mentioned on the Ministry's website that - “[Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the US will be clear-eyed about this. The US should honor the one-China principle]”. Add to this the tweet (a veiled threat, not refuted by Chinese authorities) of a commentator with the Chinese state-affiliated Global Times that - “[If US fighter jets escort Pelosi's plane into Taiwan, it is invasion. The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi's plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down]” .
After these threats by China the entire world was watching as to what China would actually do when Pelosi would land in Taiwan. But the USA has backed out and Pelosi [while giving lip service (in July 31 press release of Pelosi’s office) to ‘democratic governance’ and that too merely in the Indo-Pacific region] has not included Taiwan in her itinerary of Indo-Pacific visit.
It doesn't require a genius of political science to know that this humiliating situation for the USA has developed only due to one reason that the USA (both Democrats & Republicans in the White House and Congress) has so far been adopting the treacherous dual policy of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds where the USA has been supporting and helping Taiwan in every way to remain as an independent democratic country but at the same time declaring that the USA supports one China policy.
By not declaring ‘Pelosi would visit Taiwan’, the USA has put its tail between legs due to the military threat of China and which has seriously damaged the global leadership of the USA (which is not merely good for the rest of the free world but for the USA itself, in every way). Hence the US-history would never pardon / forgive Speaker Pelosi (if she doesn’t endeavor to rope-in bi-partisan support in Congress) and Prez Biden (if he doesn’t endeavor to rope-in global support) for ‘rule-based global order of participatory secular democracy’ and for independence of Taiwan (by discarding one China policy).
The UN is on US-soil but functions mostly against the vital interests of the USA. Hence if the USA thinks that without launching a new forum / organization for ‘the rule-based global order of participatory liberal secular democracies’ – (which will spare the USA & Taiwan from taking practically entire burden of fighting potentially all-out war against China) – the USA can come out victorious from this formidable threat from China to its global leadership, then the USA is living in its make believe world.
Here it is important to mention that this time the USA should not commit the mistake of keeping veto rights to some members in a new global organization (as it did when it sponsored the UN) because veto wielding countries like China & Russia have been creating problems for the USA in the UN. Hence this new global organization should be participatory where members should have voting rights commensurate with their contribution of men (including military), money, material (including military) and their record of human rights.
This new global organization will help the USA in getting assistance from India which is in a unique position to assist the USA in keeping China at its ‘proper place’. Because the population of India of about 1.4 billion is equal to the population of China, India has about 3,500 Kilometer border with China and is having ‘Tibetan Government in exile’ on Indian soil at Dharamshala in the State of Himachal Pradesh bordering China. Hence India can also assist the USA in making Tibet - [about 25 % of Chinese territory (2.5 million Square Kilometer out of about 10 million) as shown at the website of the ‘Central Tibetan Administration’] - an independent country.
It is hoped the USA will wake-up and will legislate, without any further delay for (A)- The said new global organization and (B)- For independence of Taiwan (by discarding one China policy) not only for the benefit of progressive people of Taiwan but also for protecting the vital interests of the USA itself.