The Trump conundrum — A Taiwan-centric perspective: William Stanton

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/07
By: William A Stanton, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

President Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House on July 2, 2020. (AP photo)

This is the first part of a two-part commentary. The second part will be published tomorrow.

Whatever anyone might think of President Donald Trump, many Taiwanese and foreign friends of Taiwan will likely be concerned should he lose the November election. Whatever Trump’s flaws or failures may be, the fact is that the overall results of the Trump administration for Taiwan have been overwhelmingly positive, especially in comparison with the President’s predecessors. As Marc A. Thiessen argued in a Jan. 16 commentary in The Washington Post, “Donald Trump is the Most Pro-Taiwan President in American History.”

Moreover, the Trump administration has undertaken a long-overdue fundamental change of direction for our policy toward the People's Republic of China (PRC), a shift that realistically takes into account the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) threat to U.S. interests and values. This shift also clearly tracks with changing American public opinion. As the Pew Research Center on April 21 reported, “negative views of China [in the United States] have continued to grow.” A total of 66 percent of Americans now say they have an unfavorable view of the PRC: “the most negative rating for the country since the Center began asking the question in 2005, and up nearly 20 percentage points since the start of the Trump administration.”

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