After Ukraine, US fishes for new war in Taiwanese waters

By Owei Lakemfa

China reacted angrily to Pelosi’s visit. Would the US not shoot down any foreign aircraft that flies to Hawai without permission?

Seventeen days after the last US soldier left Afghanistan, President Joe Biden on September 15, 2021 announced a new trilateral military alliance of Australia, UK and US, with the acronym, AUKUS. It is in preparation for a possible conflict with China. Now, as the Russo-Ukrainian War is beginning to lose steam, with Ukraine left high and dry, the US is fishing for a new war in the waters of Taiwan. This Tuesday, August 2, the fishing game began with an official visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In Nigeria, there are people who traditionally rejoice at the prospect of war. They are uncomfortable when there are no wars or new territories to conquer, plunder or destabilise. The United States’ establishment has this same psychological make-up. It appears allergic to peace, and as one conflict drags to a bloody close, it is instigating a new one.

The US, since its painful birth by its surrogate British mother, which it turned round to fight, has been perpetually at war. In fact, since its 1777 independence, it has been at war for 90 per cent of the time. If it is not carrying out genocide against the indigenous Indian population whose land it appropriated, then it would be at war with its Mexican neighbours, European cousins such as the Spanish, its Latin American ‘backyard’ countries or further afield with countries like Libya, Somalia, Egypt, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, France, and Old Yugoslavia, etc.

Although with no boots on the ground, it is actively involved in the on-going wars in Yemen, Syria and Ukraine. No war is too small for it as the US, like an elephant taking on an ant, has militarily fallen on fingerlings like Grenada and Panama.

The American psychology of conflict can be gleaned from its defence budget increases, from $714 billion in 2020, $768 the following year, to its projected growth to $900 billion in 2030. Its Cow Boy gun culture has resulted in 393 million guns in private homes. Its war industry is also booming with the Lockheed Martin Corporation alone grossing $58.2 billion in 2020. Between February and July 2022, the US supplied $6.1 billion in military aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Seventeen days after the last US soldier left Afghanistan, President Joe Biden on September 15, 2021 announced a new trilateral military alliance of Australia, UK and US, with the acronym, AUKUS. It is in preparation for a possible conflict with China. Now, as the Russo-Ukrainian War is beginning to lose steam, with Ukraine left high and dry, the US is fishing for a new war in the waters of Taiwan. This Tuesday, August 2, the fishing game began with an official visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Biden administration was quick to distance itself from the Speaker’s visit, with the President saying the visit is “not a good idea”. But I do not think Pelosi, who President Donald Trump valued no more than a foot-mat, would have been allowed to engage in such a high profile and potentially risky foreign relations gambit without official state backing.

This is curious because the US knows that Taiwan is not a separate state, it does not recognise it as a country nor has it diplomatic relations with it, having cut such ties since January 1, 1979. In fact, the world, under the United Nations (UN) Resolution 2758 of October 25, 1971, delisted Taiwan as a separate country. In that resolution, the UN declared the Peoples Republic of China as “the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations”.

Since Taiwan, until then, had sat in the world body as an independent country, the UN, which refused to call Taiwan by name so it does not give it any recognition, resolved to “expel forthwith the representatives of Chiang Kai-Shek (the regime occupying Taiwan) from the place which they unlawfully occupy in the United Nations and all the organisations related to it”.

The Biden administration was quick to distance itself from the Speaker’s visit, with the President saying the visit is “not a good idea”. But I do not think Pelosi, who President Donald Trump valued no more than a foot-mat, would have been allowed to engage in such a high profile and potentially risky foreign relations gambit without official state backing. The constitutional duties of the American House, which are to make laws and scrutinise the work of government, does not include the conduct of foreign relations. Since Pelosi is no tourist looking for exotic beaches to visit, her presence in the Chinese territory is politically motivated; it might be to deliberately heighten tension between Beijing and Washington, using Taiwan as a pawn.

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