Letters | By fuelling cross-strait tensions, the US puts the entire Indo-Pacific at risk
- Readers discuss how Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan could affect regional stability, and whether the US is really required to defend the island
The trip to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has damaged cross-strait relations to an alarming level. There is now a real risk that the heightened tensions in the region could spiral into military conflict, with calamitous consequences.
Obviously, at the age of 82, there is not much time left for Pelosi to engage in contentious manoeuvrings. Hence, her reckless and unnecessary provocation was carried out with political legacy in mind.
With peace and stability at risk, it would be advisable for the Taiwanese authorities and people to remain calm, exercise restraint and avoid unfavourable reactions in words and deeds for the sake of restoring the status quo.
Some Indo-Pacific countries are heading towards stagflation. There is a possibility that several nations in the region will plunge into an abyss of economic uncertainty and instability if the cross-strait crisis escalates out of control.
America will continue to provoke China in one way or another. That will further undermine the fractious relations between the two. Countries in the Indo-Pacific must not be treated as pawns by superpowers for their geopolitical aspirations.
The Ukraine armed conflict remain unresolved and now with tensions rising in the Taiwan Strait, a nuclear World War III scenario could become a reality. Yet some politicians are either totally oblivious to or dismissive of the catastrophic consequences of such a scenario.
Tony Lim, Singapore
US not bound by rules, only self-interest
Many writers, including this writer, claim that the US is “legally required” to provide Taipei with necessary defensive weapons. Readers may not realise that the reference is only to a US law called the Taiwan Relations Act. It is not an international law, unless one believes the US is the law.
There is no entity that would punish Washington for non-compliance. Therefore, the US can simply ignore it, just as it has occasionally thumbed its nose in the past at world bodies such as the International Criminal Court. The US uses the “law” as a self-serving excuse to create instability in Asia-Pacific region.
John Chiu, Chai Wan