Press release of the 117th meeting of “Cross-Strait talk”
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At 7:30 p.m. on February 25, the 17th "Cross-Strait Talk" (General 193 st) , hosted by China Cross-Strait Academy (Hong Kong) and Xiamen Qidataixiang Entrepreneurship Service Co., Ltd.) was successfully held at the Tencent Conference with the theme of "An analysis of the internal relationship between the successive visits of US senior officials to Taiwan and the "plan to destroy Taiwan",what is the future of Taiwan?".

In February 2023, when the two sides were seemingly in spring, the deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Taiwan Affairs Office and his delegation also went to Taipei to exchange views. However, at the same time that mainland officials arrived in Taiwan, Michael Chase, the American Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, also visited Taiwan. But compared with previous senior American officials, Chase's trip to Taiwan this time is very "low-key". At the same time, a recent remark about American President Joe Biden's "plan to destroy Taiwan" was exposed, like a strong sobering agent, which made Taiwan netizens angry. Don't forget that in the past, American scholars also advocated that when the mainland "captured" Taiwan, the United States "sent troops" to destroy Taiwan's construction, including the destruction of Taiwan's information infrastructure. What is more ridiculous is that American scholars said that the best way to prevent the mainland from attacking Taiwan is not through military force, but to destroy the global semiconductor leader TSMC, so that even if the mainland "acquires" Taiwan, it cannot absorb and utilize Taiwan's technology industry. So how to look at the relationship between the two? In this "Cross-Strait Talk" forum, the China Cross-Strait Academy (Hong Kong) specially invited experts and scholars from both sides of the Strait, including Pan Zhaomin, professor of the General Education Center of Donghai University, part-time professor of the Department of Political Science, executive director of the Institute of Cross-Strait Relations of the Consortium Legal Person, Sun Guoxiang, professor of the Department of International Affairs and Enterprise Studies of the University of South China, Ma Zhunwei, assistant professor of the Institute of Strategy of Tamkang University, and doctor of political science of the University of Taiwan,Jiang Tao, a lecturer at the School of Marxism at the University of Overseas Chinese and a doctor at the Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University to exchanged views on the topic of "An analysis of the internal relationship between the successive visits of US senior officials to Taiwan and the "plan to destroy Taiwan",what is the future of Taiwan?".It focuses on the reasons why American officials have visited Taiwan intensively when the two sides are ushering in the spring, what is the meaning behind Biden's "plan to destroy Taiwan", how to interpret the "Theory of destroying Taiwan" at this time, and what is the relationship between the two,and so on. Luo Dingjun, secretary general of the China Cross-Strait Academy (Hong Kong), served as the host of the meeting.

Pan Zhaomin said that a few days ago, the famous host of the US radio program Garland Nixon published a tweet saying that US President Biden mentioned the plan to destroy Taiwan when answering the question. Once the message was revealed, it also triggered a high degree of suspicion and panic in Taiwan society, and Taiwan's suspicion of the United States was also growing. Garland Nixon also clearly pointed out in his tweet that if the Taiwanese people do not wake up again, the island of Taiwan would become a wasteland like the surface of the moon with no signs of life. But Taiwan's ruling party is still pandering to the US plan to destroy Taiwan. Taiwan's foreign affairs department is eager to clarify, blaming Biden's slip of the tongue for this statement. In fact, as early as last October, Bloomberg quoted the saying that the key technology of the chip industry is in Taiwan, so the risk will accompany it. According to American officials, if Taiwan is occupied, it will use the scorched earth strategy to destroy all facilities of TSMC to prevent Chinese Mainland from acquiring chip technology. This is also an important reason why the United States is eager to introduce the advanced manufacturing process of TSMC into the United States. Taiwan is increasingly dangerous under the situation of competition between China and the United States. However, for the United States, Taiwan's dangerous situation is not worth mentioning compared with the interests of the United States.

Sun Guoxiang said that the exposure of the "Theory of destroying Taiwan" showed that the United States has not been able to cope with the so-called "Taiwan has a problem", which also led to Washington's suggestion that Taiwan might be abandoned by itself if it could not keep abreast of it. With the continuous rise of Chinese Mainland, the competition between the United States and China has intensified, and Taiwan's survival environment is also shrinking. Taiwan's traditional pro US route has also brought its own risks. Therefore, whether the Taiwan destruction plan is true or not, it is actually a concomitant product of such risks. As far as Taiwan's current internal situation is concerned, it is unknown whether the "suspicion of the United States" has been greatly elevated due to the emergence of the "theory of destroying Taiwan", which is also related to the "push" and "pull" of cross-strait relations. Therefore, the stable development of both sides is the key factor to ensure Taiwan's security.

Ma Zhunwei pointed out that the "theory of destroying Taiwan" has been fermenting in the near future, but the emergence of this issue is not in the recent short period. As early as last May, the United States Naval Academy has had such an argument. It believes that Taiwan has a very strong network and infrastructure capacity. In order to prevent the People's Liberation Army from taking over the system after landing on the island, the US Navy should bombard Taiwan's infrastructure to block connectivity and destroy Taiwan's chip manufacturing factories in the event of war between the two sides. Since the breakout of the Russia-Ukraine War last year, the United States has changed its thinking on the war between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits. The Russia-Ukraine War gave the United States the inspiration that it would no longer block the PLA's landing, but instead turn to acquiesce in the PLA's landing, and then annihilate it in one fell swoop. Such a plan also naturally accompanied a large number of casualties of Taiwan people. For Taiwan, the change in the United States strategy will bring great disaster to Taiwan.

Jiang Tao proposed that to understand the US policy towards Taiwan, we should first start from the US policy towards China. The US policy towards Taiwan has always been subordinate to the overall policy towards China. At present, the United States' China policy has defined China as a comprehensive, systematic and multi-dimensional strategic competitor, including economic, military, security and other aspects. A tiny detail may cause disputes between China and the United States. The United States defines Sino-US relations at the level of containment and confrontation. The role of the Taiwan issue in Sino-US relations is particularly evident. China's position on the Taiwan issue has always been consistent, but in the eyes of the United States, Taiwan is the best chess piece in the game between China and the United States. To maximize the role of this chess piece, it is not difficult to understand that the intention of the United States' "theory of destroying Taiwan" is actually to cause trouble for China.

In addition to the wonderful speeches brought by the guests, the online audience also actively participated in the question interaction of the topic. The audience's questions related to the "theory of destroying Taiwan" and "Taiwan on sale theory" have been vaguely existing. How much attention Taiwan's young people pay to it and what kind of argument they hold, and if the United States has really formulated a Taiwan destruction plan, whether it can be seen as the United States clearly recognizes the difficulties of aiding Taiwan and will not adopt the Taiwan aid plan but adopt the scorched earth policy and other aspects. All the guests answered, and the atmosphere of on-site discussion was warm, highlighting the high attention of the youth and scholars across the Straits to the topic.

Among them, Pan Zhaomin pointed out that the United States has always acted as a double deterrent, targeting both the mainland and Taiwan, and its so-called scorched earth strategy is a part of the deterrent strategy for the mainland. Sun Guoxiang said that how the "theory of destroying Taiwan" ferments in the minds of Taiwan people, especially young people, is worth continuous observation at a later stage. Such recognition may make the people of Taiwan finally return to the fundamental initial position, just like piling up blocks but unable to dump the existing blocks. Ma Zhunwei believes that the capacity of TSMC in the United States is far lower than that of Taiwan. The main purpose of the United States to transfer TSMC is to reserve the strategic layout in wartime and ensure the military use in wartime. Jiang Tao proposed that the United States continues to release positive signals to the "Taiwan independence" forces, and continues to provide arms and weapons to give the Taiwan separatists illusion, triggering the possibility of conflict between the two sides. In the case of unequal military capabilities between the two sides, it may naturally lead to Taiwan becoming a scorched ground in the war. The two sides should consider how to contribute to the peace and stability of the two sides through continuous exchanges.

At the end of the meeting, Pan Zhaomin said that Taiwan currently seems to have been included in the construction of the elimination order, and has always been led by the nose. Taiwan should jump out instead of being tied to the chariot, so that the two sides have the opportunity to go to conflict instead of falling into the trap of war. Sun Guoxiang believes that he hopes to continue to invite professionals from the mainland to visit Taiwan in 2023, resume civil academic exchanges between the two sides, and make every effort to build jointly a peaceful and stable development environment for the two sides in the future. Ma Zhunwei pointed out that the impact of the epidemic has brought many obstacles to cross-Straits exchanges. When the epidemic recedes, cross-Straits exchanges gradually recover. He hoped that continuous exchanges could bring more possibilities for cross-Straits relations to resolve issues through peaceful negotiations. Jiang Tao said that he hoped that everyone would make every effort to contribute to the peace and stability of the two sides and make personal contributions to the better future of the two sides in exchanges and interactions.

Through a brief 2-hour online exchange, more than 120 people from both sides of the strait gathered to discuss the topic of "An analysis of the internal relationship between the successive visits of US senior officials to Taiwan and the "plan to destroy Taiwan",what is the future of Taiwan?", to promote cross-strait exchanges with practical actions, and make contributions to maintaining cross-strait peace and development. As the cross-strait exchange activity synchronized with “Cross-Strait Talk” and “Smart Youth Integration in the Four Places”, the Cross-Strait Youth Perspective Forum, which launched by China Cross-Strait Academy (Hong Kong), is mainly characterized by gathering authoritative scholars and media worker from Cross-Strait and four places. They will listen to the voice of the Strait, pay attention to the hot spots on both sides of Taiwan Strait, take a global vision, and make a new voice based on both sides of the strait and facing the world.