Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Taiwan Scenario Begins
Step one has happened--and certainly should not have been unexpected. Taiwan has recognized Kosovo as an independent state.
Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang said, "As a sovereign nation, Taiwan has the right to do whatever it believes is correct and just." He also made it clear that Taiwan looks "forward to further contact with Kosovo in the future" and this could include provision of aid.
Whether Taipei will try to establish diplomatic relations with Kosovo--and whether Pristina would reciprocate--remains to be seen.
Taiwan also implicitly rejected the U.S. assertion that Kosovo is a "special case". Huang repiled, when asked, that "every country is a special case."
Also wondering how this plays with Northern Cyprus....
Diplomacy is hypocrisy, and Kosovo isn't going to be a major US-China issue for an Administration that prosecutes Muslim insurgents for violating the Geneva Protocols while simultaneously denying them prisoners rights claiming that Geneva Protocols don't apply to them.