Chinese media warn Taiwanese leaders against acting as ‘strategic pawns’ of US, calls Afghan crisis a ‘lesson’ for them — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/532246-china-warns-taiwan-afghanistan/

Beijing’s state-run Global Times newspaper has warned Taiwan
that the US “abandonment” of Afghan allies should be a lesson, as the
disputed island would be left to fend for itself and “collapse in hours”
in a war with China.
Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaders must keep a “sober head” and advocates for secession from China should “wake up from their dreams,” the English-language newspaper said on Monday.

“From
what happened in Afghanistan, they should perceive that once a war
breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours,
and the US military won’t come to help,” Global Times said in an editorial. “As a result, the DPP authorities will quickly surrender, while some high-level officials may flee by plane.”

Just
such a scenario has played out in Afghanistan since President Joe Biden
announced in April that the US military would withdraw from the country
by September 11. Biden later moved the deadline up to the end of
August, but even before the process could be completed, the country’s
US-backed government collapsed. Taliban fighters overran Afghan security
forces in an overwhelming blitzkrieg, capped by their capture of Kabul
on Sunday, after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with bags of
cash in tow.

“The best choice for the DPP authorities is to avoid pushing the situation to that position,” Global Times said.

They
need to change their course of bonding themselves to the anti-Chinese
mainland chariot of the US. They should keep cross-Straits peace with
political means, rather than acting as strategic pawns of the US and
bear the bitter fruits of a war.

The
article was accompanied by an illustration of a bald eagle, representing
the US, leading Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen toward a hole in the
ground. The newspaper likened the chaos in Kabul to the 1975 fall of
Saigon, when US embassy staffers were evacuated by helicopter, just as
happened again in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Global Times said the US
has a long history of abandoning its allies, from betraying imperial
France after the Revolutionary War and abandoning Kurdish allies in
Syria in 2019, to fleeing Kabul as Afghan defenses collapsed. “Is this some kind of omen of Taiwan’s future fate?” the newspaper asked, adding that while Tsai and other DPP leaders downplayed the Afghan crisis, “they must have known better in secret, that the US is not reliable.”



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The Biden administration clearly judged that the Afghanistan
occupation had become too costly, despite the country’s strategic
importance, and decided it could invest its resources more effectively
to maintain US hegemony, Global Times said. Taiwan’s geopolitical value
is no greater than that of Afghanistan, the newspaper added, and the US
would have to pay a “huge price” to intervene in a war with China.

“Once
a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland seizes the island
with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than
it had for Afghanistan, Syria and Vietnam if it wants to interfere,” Global Times said. And relative to Afghanistan, the US would have a “deeper hopelessness” for victory. Notably, the newspaper repeatedly said “once a war breaks out” with China, and not “if.”

The
Global Times article was on the same wavelength as social media chatter
in recent days amid the US evacuation and Taliban advance. “This is a fiasco of epic proportions,”
Timur Kuran, a professor at Duke University in North Carolina, said on
Monday on Twitter, citing New York Times columnist Bret Stephens. “Every
ally – Taiwan, Ukraine, the Baltic states, Israel, Japan – will draw
the lesson that it is on its own in the face of its enemies.”

Other
observers, such as Newsmax host Steve Cortes, said Biden’s handling of
the Afghan crisis will embolden China to seize Taiwan. “China now knows that it has a free hand in Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” former assistant Treasury secretary Monica Crowley tweeted. “Compromised Biden really delivered.”

Taiwan
has been ruled by descendants of the Chinese nationalists who fled
defeat in the civil war on the mainland in 1949 and declared a “Republic of China”
in exile. Though the island has sought a level of independence and
self-governance from the mainland, Beijing maintains that Taiwan is
still Chinese territory under the ‘One China’ policy.



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Afghanistan was to cut its losses to focus on China, but the
repercussions from its exit will make that impossible