The United States has done some right things over Taiwan lately; and that’s why the self-ruled island is angry. Its foreign ministry has asked Washington to avoid causing “unnecessary speculation or misunderstanding” after the White House Covid-19 Response Team deleted a tweet that contained the island’s flag. I thought the deletion was precisely to avoid “unnecessary speculation or misunderstanding”. Earlier this week, the task force posted a tweet that showed the flags of nations receiving vaccine donations from the US, and Taiwan’s flag was shown. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was ecstatic and replied to the post with the caption: “Thank you to the US for your generosity. Together, we will beat this pandemic.” Sadly for her, the original US tweet was quickly removed by the White House. The island’s foreign ministry expressed displeasure to the US, which in turn expressed displeasure by not deigning to respond publicly. It’s not clear whether Washington replied in private. Thank you to the US for your generosity. Together, we will beat this pandemic. https://t.co/DNvDbigsmj — 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) July 6, 2021 We all know Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party not so secretly crave independence, but all those sneaky moves and hidden messages are just unbecoming. While Taiwan secessionists, Washington opportunists and other foreign busybodies want to play with fire, more knowledgeable and farsighted people in Taiwan, the US and the mainland all know that the one-China policy – however creatively you interpret it – has been, and will remain, the basis of peace across the Taiwan Strait. By and large, those in charge of US foreign policy within the Joe Biden administration are much more qualified and better trained than the dangerous amateurs under Donald Trump. It was the latter that had Tsai and friends all riled up. That’s why the adults in the Biden White House need to talk back to the Taiwanese. Earlier, at an online conference with the Asia Society, Kurt Campbell, White House coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs, said: “We support a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan. We do not support Taiwan independence.” Now, that’s the official clarification to avoid “unnecessary speculation or misunderstanding”. But that irked the Tsai government even more than the deleted tweet. A spokeswoman replied: “The Republic of China is a sovereign state.” But a sovereign state as in one China or not? She didn’t clarify, leading to more confusion and misunderstanding. Campbell also said: “We do believe that Taiwan has a right to live in peace.” Well, so does Beijing. No one wants a war over Taiwan.