I don’t know about you, but this sort of thing worries me:
The framework that has buttressed peace in the Taiwan Strait for decades is disintegrating. Changes in Taiwan, as well as some of Beijing’s counterproductive behavior, are undermining its foundations. Unless an improved framework is adopted soon, war across the strait will become increasingly probable …
The conundrum is stark. Taiwan sees itself as an “independent, sovereign country.” China, with a national fixation over a century long on achieving territorial unity, has staked the legitimacy of its regime on not allowing Taiwan juridical stature as a sovereign country. …
Each side at this point is pursuing efforts to change facts on the ground in its own favor. China is deploying additional missiles that can strike Taiwan … Taiwan is deepening its effort to instill a distinctive Taiwanese identity, strengthen its bona fides as an independent country and acquire offensive-weapon capabilities.
So I wondered, does Europe have a policy for this eventuality?
I had a look here, here, and at the Commission’s Strategy Paper here. This last, unfortunately, devotes more space to Denmark’s bilateral aid for China (not that there’s anything wrong with Denmark’s bilateral aid, a friend of mine works in that section of their foreign ministry) than it does to Taiwan and what are delicately called cross-straits relations..
So I’m still wondering, does Europe have a policy for this eventuality? Should it? What does either choice say about Europe’s role in the world?