Pelosi’s visit boosts global chess game between US and China in Taiwan
On Sunday, a Somali televised roundtable on Ethiopia’s powerful neighbor’s long entanglement in the country swirled into a discussion of how the government in Mogadishu should deal with growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Abdirahman Nur Dinari, former Somali ambassador to Syria and South Sudan, backed Mogadishu’s decision to send a letter of support to Beijing, stressing its economic commitment to the region. He expressed anger that Taiwan has friendly relations with Somaliland, a breakaway strip along Somalia’s northern coast that operates as a de facto independent state.
Political commentator Idris Abdi disagreed, arguing that it was in Somalia’s interest to remain neutral in great power disputes.
For decades, the governments in Beijing and Taipei have played a complex global game over the status of autonomous Taiwan, which China sees as a rogue “one China” province. However, this year’s conflict in Ukraine – coupled with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and a hawkish new Taiwan Relations Act that is currently pending in Congress – saw tensions escalate dramatically.
The way companies, countries, institutions and individuals respond to this new reality is clearly constantly changing. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 immediately drew attention to Taiwan, which also finds itself in a “strategically ambiguous” relationship with allies who may support it but won’t fight for it in no war. The island only has full diplomatic relations with a handful of nations.
In a white paper on “reunification” published on Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry recommitted itself to bringing the island under Beijing’s control and refused to rule out the use of force, while exposing a strategy of economic and military pressure intended to eradicate “separatist” activities.
The U.S. Congress, meanwhile, is seeking to designate the island as a major non-NATO U.S. ally and significantly boost military and diplomatic support, something President Joe Biden’s administration — which has also opposed to Pelosi’s visit – lobbied. Passing this legislation would infuriate Beijing even more.
Pelosi, who met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and toured factories and facilities, was unrepentant this week, saying the trip was worth it and China could not be allowed to stop foreign leaders from visiting the country. ‘island.