In his May 8 op-ed, “Will the U.S. abandon Taiwan?,” Josh Rogin argued that the Trump administration needs to be more supportive of Taiwan.
After a promising beginning with his phone call to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, President Trump has seriously slacked off, leaving a vibrantly democratic Taiwan in limbo.
In particular, the Trump administration’s hesitation in coming through with an adequate arms-sales package is deeply worrying. As described in Mr. Rogin’s op-ed, such a package would enjoy widespread bipartisan support in Congress and should not be delayed because of a vague hope that Beijing might be of assistance in resolving the North Korea crisis. Such expectations are unfounded.
Mr. Trump indeed needs to make clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States will stand by its friend and ally Taiwan and that it would be best if China would accept Taiwan as a friendly neighbor. Beijing’s continuing threats to incorporate Taiwan are a major source of instability in the East Asia region.
Mr. Trump also needs to do more to help Taiwan join international organizations. The World Health Assembly in Geneva will meet in two weeks, but Taiwan still hasn’t received an invitation. On such issues as international health protection, no one should be left behind.
Gerrit van der Wees, Silver Spring
The answer to the challenge of maintaining a positive relationship with Beijing is not to sacrifice a stalwart friend. Rather, Washington has robust reasons to stand firm on its commitments to Taiwan. For U.S.-China relations to truly mature, they must grow beyond issues such as Taiwan and address challenges that deserve the focus of two great powers.
Kent Wang, Potomac Falls
The writer is an advisory commissioner for the Overseas Community Affairs Council of Republic of China (Taiwan) in the United States.