If they get upset, remind them of their one country, two systems rhetoric, when discussing Hong Kong. Taiwan is in the same boat.
TWO SYSTEMS!! One China! Bam!
You see my kung-fu? In turning China’s own words into support for my position, it leaves China with Zero wiggle room and we have ample space in which to promote real Republics! If Hong Kong voted to join the Republic of Hong Kong, the risk to China, restraining their response to that, is that their other Chinese cities are inspired to take similar actions. How about Weibo? Hangzhou? Qingdao? Shijiazhuang? Taiyuanshi? Xi’an? Zhengzhou? Fuyang? Xiamen? Yancheng? Some where or another! So many choices! They may wish to be a city-state semi-automatic part of the Republic of China!
Two Systems!! One China! Bam!
That would be the Trump card to be played if China continues its intransigence in the trade discussions. All Trump needs do is recognize Taipei as the government of the nation of Taiwan and open a US embassy. This will infuriate China. Given the contested waters of the South China Sea, we could better support our friends by opening a Naval Base in Taiwan / partnering with a revitalized Subic Bay, in the Philippines…A Naval Base just like in Bahrain, & an Air Base in Vietnam, just like in Qatar…protect the Strait of Malacca for international shipping and offer protection underway to and from this Strait.
Consider that Taiwan is a democracy, as opposed to mainland China, which continues to be a one central communist party regime. Are not we supposed to support democratization around the world? I mean we ought to be Presbyterian about the partner states.
Recognize Taiwan as a democratic state. Never forget that China fought against US in both Korea and Vietnam!…And now they are certainly stealing our Intellectual Property, because they can’t figure things out on their own. All they can do is copy cat.
Every now and then you want to knock it up a notch, with a blast from your Spice Weasel. BAM!