Taiwan fears it will become the next chess piece the US throws after Vietnam and Afghanistan (local media)
A US Chinook helicopter flies over the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Helicopters land at the US Embassy there as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital. Photo: VCG
As the Taliban took control of the presidential palace in Kabul and declared “the war is over” in Afghanistan, the United States’ unhesitating abandonment of its allies to evacuate its embassy staff and the country’s citizens has brought a blow to certain media and to the United States. believing allies of the island of Taiwan, many fearing that the island will become the next chess piece the United States will reject as it did with Vietnam and Afghanistan.
The withdrawal of U.S. personnel from war-torn Afghanistan in military helicopters that rushed to take off from Embassy rooftops reminded many of the same scenario seen in Vietnam half a century ago, reported a number of media from the island of Taiwan. , including udn.com and TVBS.
Some netizens on the island have posted comments saying “Yesterday Saigon, Today Afghanistan and Tomorrow Taiwan?” which implies that the so-called alliance that Taiwan has forged with the United States is nothing more than an empty promise that would end up “leaving the suffering Taiwanese people alone”.
Some also called on Taiwanese regional leader Tsai Ing-wen to stop chasing and relying on a country with little credibility. Others asked if Tsai would flee to the United States for safety if the situation got out of hand.
An editorial on udn.com said the unexpected end of Afghanistan has “shocked” US allies and partners, who are wary of putting Taiwan’s security in the hands of the United States because the latter could achieve the same rounds played. in Kabul.
“The US withdrawal from Afghanistan will also have a global impact, weighing in particular on its image and credibility,” Op-Ed told a Taipei-based newspaper, “because Washington’s strength in maintaining the world order will be called into question, and the power of confrontation in the Indo-Pacific strategy targeting China will be called into question. “
The key question is that if war breaks out across the Taiwan Strait, will the United States live up to its commitments and take military intervention, the report asked, as the “fuzzy” United States policy and its early decision on the issue of Afghanistan left such a commitment. in Taiwan “full of question marks”.
While some believe Taiwan’s position is different from Afghanistan’s, there is an undeniable common feature between the two, and that is the heavy reliance on Washington.
Op-Ed pointed out that the US recovery only came less than a month after US President Joe Biden assured the US-backed government in Kabul of White House diplomatic and humanitarian support. “Likewise, the United States has asserted its ‘rock solid’ support for Taiwan, but once conflicts arise, Taiwan’s future hangs by a thread,” the report read. ‘article.
A New York Times article by Steven Erlanger, The Times’ chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, titled Afghanistan’s Unraveling May Strike Another Blow to US Credibility, argued that at a time when many in Europe and Asia hoped Washington would reestablish states -United firm presence in international affairs, the withdrawal has “reinforced the feeling that America’s support is no longer unlimited.”
The article mentioned in particular the island of Taiwan, as well as Ukraine, the Philippines and Indonesia, which now feel “all the more strongly” the reluctance of the United States among others around the world.