This. This right here.
Recognize Taiwan to Punish China for the Novel Coronavirus
The United States should abandon the one-China policy that has been in place for decades and recognize Taiwan (aka Republic of China).
This would strike at the heart of the CCP’s self-image, humiliating and weakening them in the eyes of the world. It would, in essence, put Communist China in its place and likely even have economic ramifications, making their “Belt-and-Road” initiative less attractive to nations around the globe.
The People’s Republic has always insisted on being the sole representative of China, brow-beating other nations to going along with them with the implication that one day they would either invade or subsume Taiwan anyway.
They acted that way in 1971 when the PRC, upon being invited into the United Nations, insisted Taiwan be ejected from the organization. There could only be one China.
It’s fair play then that recognition for the island nation be accompanied by renewed full membership in the U.N. and its various subsidiaries. This would include the World Health Organization that has behaved so reprehensibly during the pandemic, acting essentially as toadies for the CCP. (WHO must also divest itself of its leadership.)
Taiwan more than deserves it. They have navigated the pandemic with extraordinary skill given their proximity to the source, resulting in only a miniscule 5 deaths in their country of over 23 million. They are also a thriving democracy.
If full US recognition of the RoC accomplishes nothing more than getting ChiCom panties in a wad, that’s plenty reason enough to do it. Red China is a hostile, treacherous adversary. It should be treated like one—given the back of the American hand at any opportunity, disdained and shunned the rest of the time. Tawain, on the other hand, is a solid and valuable ally. It’s high time we began acting as if we do in fact value them.
Recognizing Taiwan would be a good first step.