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A nation must think before it acts.
The proverbial dam appears to be breaking with respect to countries’ view on Taiwan and its security. Throughout this summer, a number of countries and major international groupings have come out in support of “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
The first major breakthrough occurred in April with a joint statement released by US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The statement was followed by a similar one by Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The EU and G7 also addressed the issue of Taiwan’s security in statements and communiques.
After Biden’s first round of major international summits, a US diplomat explained the shift in rationale over Washington’s Taiwan policy.
Then-American Institute in Taiwan deputy director Raymond Greene said: “The United States no longer sees Taiwan as a problem in our relations with China; we see it as an opportunity to advance our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, and also as a beacon to peoples around the world who aspire for a more just, safe, prosperous and democratic world.”
It now appears that other countries are starting to think this way, too.