August 5, 2022
DHAKA – China is not Russia. Taiwan is not Ukraine. We understand the distinction between their geopolitical circumstances, but comparisons are necessary, and perhaps unavoidable, given the way the United States provoked China after doing the same with Russia, and given its potential ramifications. for the rest of us. Casualties in modern conflicts or wars are never limited to the two parties directly involved. Often the whole world ends up suffering, as we did and continue to suffer after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We cannot afford a similar development.
Taiwan’s historic struggle with China, which claims it as its own, deserves sympathy, but such border disputes are not uncommon. It was also a generally well-managed situation until Tuesday evening when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the country despite repeated warnings from Chinese authorities. China considers the visit, the first by a top US lawmaker in 25 years, a “major political provocation” and a challenge to its sovereignty. And he has since launched a series of retaliatory actions, both military and economic, against Taiwan for hosting Pelosi. It even fired several ballistic missiles at waters near northeast and southwest Taiwan on Thursday, after releasing a plan for a six-day military drill that observers described as tantamount to a “sea blockade.” and air” of the island.
China’s response so far can be described as a gross overreaction. But was it totally unexpected? Did the United States count on China to tolerate its provocation without escalation? Or was that the goal all along? Will the situation deteriorate further? Or will the US and China tone down their rhetoric and back down to give peace – or at least the appearance of it – a chance? What does escalation mean for Taiwan’s future? There are many questions and uncertainties. But one thing is clear: the world does not need, or cannot afford, another Ukraine-like situation, which, if we remember correctly, also began with US provocations. and their Western allies. And it is Ukraine, not the United States, that must pay the price with its blood. We too have suffered greatly from soaring fuel and food prices around the world.
The same fate may await Taiwan, and by extension all of us, if the two superheroes do not stop flirting with disaster. China is punishing Taiwan because of US provocations, and that’s not something we can ethically support. But the priority right now is to defuse the situation by all means. We urge world leaders to see reason and return to diplomatic halls on any unresolved issues. They must do so in the interests of global peace and stability.