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Taiwan authorities daydream about allies' unconditional loyalty

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  1. AbRaj

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    Taiwan authorities daydream about allies' unconditional loyalty
    Source:Global Times Published: 2017/1/26 13:56:50
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    Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Alpha Barry recently said to the media, "We get outrageous proposals telling us, 'If you sign with Beijing, we'll offer you $50 billion or even more.' " He then explained that he refused the offer because "Taiwan is our friend and our partner. We're happy and we see no reason to reconsider the relationship."

    Any rational thinking person would believe that Burkina Faso's foreign minister was saying "nothing short of ludicrous." Burkina Faso is listed as one of the 10 Least Developed Countries in the world, according to the United Nations. The landlocked country in western Africa has a small population of 17 million, and a backward economy of $11.2 billion GDP a year.

    However, such "insane banter" has pleased Taiwan's " Ministry of Foreign Affairs", as they are still grappling with the recent loss of "diplomatic ties" with other African countries such as Sao Tome and Principe. In response to Taiwan's reaffirmed ties with Burkina Faso and Swaziland, a spokeswoman responded, "Our relations are concrete". A DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) "legislator" also stated in his Facebook, "It is fortunate that certain values and friends are not for sale."

    The relationship between Burkina Faso and Taiwan has always been fully sustained with money. The country first established "diplomatic" ties with Taiwan in 1961, but later severed it in 1973. After it formed a diplomatic relationship with Beijing, Taiwan repurchased its "diplomatic" ties with the African country. As a recent example of the nature of their relationship, a Taiwanese "diplomat" promised Burkina Faso a 44 million euro ($47.33 million) aid over the next couple of years during his visit to the country last September.

    Beijing is not interested in utilizing monetary inducements to strengthen its roster of diplomatic relationships, a strategy obviously favored by Taiwan. Beijing's appeal is so powerful that every rational nation with a strategic vision simply wants to maintain its diplomatic ties with Beijing. This type of powerful appeal cannot realistically be replaced with monetary promises made by Taiwan. Most of the remaining 21 "diplomatic allies" are eager to develop relationships with Beijing. In fact, the allure is so great that Beijing could attract all of Taiwan's remaining "diplomatic allies" without spending a penny. It is the primary reason that Taiwan's administration remains in panic mode.

    Although Taiwan will always be able to maintain a few "diplomatic allies" by spending more money, its real threat lies within the realm of its "diplomatic allies" that may one day voluntarily seek comfort in the arms of Beijing, regardless of any monetary promises from Taiwan. These countries, most barely noticeable in the world map, are essential to Taiwan's "diplomacy", and yet dispensable to Beijing. Even if Beijing decides to teach Taiwan a lesson, buying out their diplomatic relationships is hardly an option.

    Burkina Faso's foreign minister mentioned the "$50 billion" for underlying reasons that will soon surface. He is probably campaigning and gearing up to ask Taiwan for more money, a scenario that could play out along the lines of, "Look, Beijing offered us $50 billion. How much are you willing to propose, Taiwan? " Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, chose to deny the 1992 Consensus, a decision that has led to soaring prices for Taiwan's "diplomatic" ties.

    Those countries that have yet to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing have increasingly felt unconventional in the world. This explains why they willingly pursue diplomatic ties with Beijing, including Vatican that has not established diplomatic relations with Beijing for special reasons. All other countries that remain Taiwan's "diplomatic allies" have only done so for simple and convenient reasons based on money.

    Chinese mainland has risen to be a superpower on the world stage. Monetary inducements are unlikely to offset any strategic value attached to having diplomatic ties with Beijing. Beijing always has plenty of bargaining chips on the table.

    Taiwan is going to need more money if it wants to continue with its current strategy of "diplomacy." It is very likely that another one of its "diplomatic allies" will soon bring it the news of a $100 billion offer from Beijing. After all, denying the 1992 Consensus is an expensive game that can have less than enjoyable consequences.


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    I request you not to use racial slurs let's not make this forum like the other two
     
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    PS: you should read comment section of articles related to India in any Chinese state paper and see yourself how much "respect" these arrogant pricks give to India and their venomous comments .
    It literally feels like you are in a Pakistani forum
     
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    Most of them are paid 50 cents army, in China if you find a person who could read or write in english then either they are specially trained to post propaganda news on internet or they are trying to get out of China by immigration route.

    Just as china thinks Taiwan diplomacy has a law of diminishing returns from its allies, same way,China's diplomacy and bullying its neighbors has diminishing returns, Countries like India,Japan,South Korea are eager to court any China's Bete Noire .
    So far the only reliable ally China has is Pakistan and North Korea . For Pakistan as long as the inducements of Armaments and weapons on loan or pay it in installments is given,they are willing to do anything for China, North Korea depends on China for everything from grains to Technology and Missiles.
    Other than these two,no other country can be called allies in the real sense as they know Courting China too much will lead to China bullying and ordering them around,which Democratic countries find it hard to follow such dictums.
    Those who want to be allies of China in future,only look at the monetary,economic benefits they get in return along with some technology, China is in the same situation as Taiwan is right now, They have to raise the ante everytime to retain their allies,How long and how much China is willing to spend to retain its so called "allies" will be interesting to see.
    With Trump in power,the Effect on Chinas market is sure to be seen as he will introduce tariffs on chinese goods.
     
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    While exchanging aid/cash for diplomatic support is quite a common thing (done by pretty much everyone) it needs to be done respectfully. Cheeni attitude is that of a nouveau riche person, who thinks they entire world should fall at their feet just because they have cash.

    Also if Burkino Faso are smart, they will try to use this news to get better deals with Taiwan :D


    Wait, wait....50 billion?
    Isnt CPEC just 45 Billion?

    LOL Burkina Faso is worth more than all weather higher than himalayas friend? :lol: :rofl:
     
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    No, it's climbed to $51.5B now.
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1287040
     
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    It's a mess, whom India must support.


    PRC who claims Indian Territory or Taiwan who claims even bigger part of our territory.:(
     
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    Well...
    I guess...PRC has the means to take over (at least try to) AP....And call it South Tibet....

    ROC....Well.....Ah...Not that capable....


    if you ask me....The PRC...Has substance in their claim over ROC....I mean...after all They won the Chinese Civil War...... they have looked at ROC and an unfinished agenda since then.....Anyway....As long as the conflict is on... It's money for the weapons guys.....

    I am of the opinion that China will have the ability to Take over ROC and most importantly.... Maintain it's control by 2025....

    ROC is right in PRC's backyard....I don't think any intl. Power will have the guts to initiate....What might turn out to be a unilateral aggressive economic or military action.....


    So it is possible that a few years from now....We won't exactly have to choose between ROC and PRC....


    China is just too huge for that shi# now...


    PS :
    It's make for a very very very interesting political case study though.....
     
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  11. venureddy

    venureddy Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    you are correct buddy. i think they should handle that shit themselves and even if PRC wins it will surely kick start some action here in New Delhi and hopefully make us let go of our usual lethargic approach.
     
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    It won't be good at all for us.

    If you guys know, China also doesn't manufacture and assemble smartphone like us.

    Meanwhile, Taiwanese tech will give Chnna level in semiconductor, information and computer technologies which USA has.
     
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    Well...I guess then they would have earned it, right!?....
    They will have to conquer them first....They will have to work hard...
    So they will surely enjoy the fruits...


    Meanwhile...We too will have to adjust and make up....And develop ourselves....


    PS : ROC has some aweeeesome chip fabs...PRC would love to get their hands on them...
     
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    It seems they dont have both of it.
    :D
    Chinese are shooting on their foot
     

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