There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. That was the position that the Asian leader, Xi Jinping, took to the virtual meeting he held with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, where the conflict over the Strait of Formosa was the main topic of the meeting. “Any formal recognition of the independence of Taiwan will lead to strong measures,” stressed the Chinese leader.

The conflict, born in the heat of the triumph of the revolution and the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, is going through its worst moment since diplomatic relations were consecrated. Even the United States broke its neutral position and made public its support for the Taiwanese government in the face of what they consider a real threat from Beijing on the autonomy of the island.

In the last hours, the state agency Xinhua published a statement by President Xi in which he denounced that the United States tries to use Taiwan to control China. “This trend is very dangerous and it is like playing with fire, and those who play with fire get burned,” he added.

It was also known that more than a hundred Chinese aircraft flew over the air defense identification zone in response to the US military presence in the Strait of Formosa. The situation was aggravated when a US submarine Connecticut collided, last October, with an underwater mountain that until then was unknown. The incident triggered a cataract of cross-accusations. China demanded to know what the submarine was doing in that area and the United States replied that the explanations did not correspond because the ship was doing routine exercises in international waters. At no time did Washington mention the causes of the accident and the reasons why it had sent a submarine of such proportions to the Strait to that place.

The truth is that for several years the South China Sea has been a conflict zone between the two powers of the world. In order to contain the growth of Chinese influence in East Asia, the United States turned the maritime region into the epicenter of its military outpost, providing the island with weapons and logistics.

The history between China and Taiwan, which began with the separatist decision of a part of the military and administrative officials of the Kuomintang who fled to the island after the defeat, adds, at this time, a chapter with an unpredictable end that threatens stability and peace in the region. It will be a matter of waiting for politics and diplomacy to win at arms.

* Degree in philosophy. Magister in Human Rights. Author of the book Vietnam, Genealogy of the Resistance

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