The United States: the True Taiwan Governing Authorities HoonTing
Two decades after the rise of China, the Government of the U.S. has confirmed that Beijing has different values and beliefs compared to the world. The critical part is that Beijing has no intention to change its present stance.
The U.S. is not only confronting China in trade, finance, high tech realms, but also adjusting traditional policy toward Taiwan. And now the policy shift is beyond a point of no return.
The U.S. Congress has passed or proposed serial acts to support Taiwan since 2016. They are Taiwan Travel Act, Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, Taiwan Security Act, Taipei Act, National Defence Authorization Act, Taiwan National Defence Assessment Committee Act, Taiwan National Involvement Act, etc.
Observers concluded that these moves intended to strengthen the Taiwan Relations Act and to authorize the administration departments to support Taiwan further.
Now Taiwan servicemen can join the programs and exercises hosted by the U.S. military with uniforms; some troops of Taiwan concluded closed relations with their counterparts of the U.S.; Taiwan's chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs attended the shift of commander of the USPACOM and the Pacific Fleet. The U.S. government even disclosed related news with photos in social media actively.
The U.S. has shifted her policy moves since 2018: from previous lip-service-like claiming to encourage Taiwan's "meaningful participation" of the international organizations while statehood is not required," to present "accompanying Taiwan representatives" to attend the international organization and meetings as a member of the U.S. delegation."
The moves implied the fact that Taiwan's foreign affairs are the responsibility of the U.S.
It is not exceptional. The Philippines has a similar experience.
The Philippines Independence Act is also known as the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934 in which "All citizens of the Philippine Islands shall owe allegiance to the United States," (Section 2.(a)(1)) and "Every officer of the government of the Commonwealth of the Philippine Islands shall recognize and accepts the supreme authority of and will maintain true faith and allegiance to the United States."(Section 2.(a)(2)) during ten-year of the Commonwealth. It further stipulated: "Foreign affairs shall be under the direct supervision and control of the United States."(2.(a).(10)).
There are similar arrangements in the Palau-U.S. Freely Association Compact of 1986, such as "The United States recognizes that the Government of Palau, in the exercise of this capacity, may enter into, in its own name and right, treaties and other international agreements with governments and regional and international organizations."(Section 121); "The Government of the United States shall support application by the Government of Palau for membership or other participation in regional or international organizations as may be mutually agreed."(Section 122); "The Government of the United States may assist or act on behalf of the Government of Palau in the area of foreign affairs as may be requested and mutually agreed from time to time."(Section 127).
These signify the treaty obligations of the administering authorities. We have seen the U.S. government does not intend to hide behind the curtain amid the U.S. policy shift toward China. Some more active moves can be expected.