torsdag 26. august 2021

Afghanistan’s Collapse: The View From Taiwan

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, followed by the fall of much of the country to the Taliban, led to strong responses in Taiwan. The pan-Blue and pan-Green camps have fought over the meaning of the withdrawal for Taiwan along the lines of their respective political agendas. The Kuomintang (KMT) or Nationalist Party, currently in opposition, is the major party in the Blue camp, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of the Green bloc holds the presidency and a majority in the Legislative Yuan.

Media personality Jaw Shaw-kong, who is viewed as an ideological hardliner, was among the more strident of prominent KMT members. Jaw cast doubt on the likelihood of the U.S. defending Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, emphasizing that the U.S. is not a reliable ally. In comments on Facebook, Jaw cited past statements by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirming the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan, suggesting that the United States similarly could not be trusted when it came to its statements on Taiwan.