On the heels of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that america would elevate its self-imposed restrictions on “how its diplomats and different officers work together with Taiwan,” Professor Margaret “Maggie” Lewis was featured in media all over the world for her experience on U.S.-China and Taiwan relations.
Professor Lewis, who was just lately elected a Life Member by the Council on Foreign Relations, was interviewed by BBC TV World Information, AFP, the Monetary Instances, The Telegraph and Bloomberg Information.
She was additionally featured in a video introduced by the Nationwide Committee on United States-China Relations (of which she is a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow) concerning “Taiwan’s Outlook for 2021.“
For BBC TV World Information Lewis famous that the introduced change in protocol was a “dramatic” shift in that “over the previous couple of a long time the U.S. and Taiwan have had an unofficial relationship, albeit a strong one,” and that this transfer on the a part of the Trump administration made the connection between the U.S. and Taiwan “extra akin to an official relationship – with out crossing the road.”
She additional famous that it was “uncommon” for such a transfer to return within the waning days of a presidential administration within the midst of transition, however that “we have realized to anticipate the surprising.”
When requested how she thought China would react to this transfer she responded: “Not properly.” And that the response from China was anticipated to incorporate “robust phrases” from the Ministry of Overseas Affairs and maybe a resumption of sabre rattling within the type of a resumption of navy flights.
When requested what influence this transfer by the Trump administration may need on the incoming Biden administration, Lewis stated:
This complicates the Biden administration’s plans proper out of the bat. They’ll have to actually determine quick learn how to react to this. I do assume it signifies that the Biden administration goes to need to be extra cautious that they do not look ‘smooth’ or ‘dovish’ and like they’re having a reset with Bejing. So I hope that they will discover a strategy to thread that needle of vocalizing robust help for Taiwan with out escalating tensions in a manner that’s finally unhealthy for Taiwan and america.
In Bloomberg Information, Lewis appeared in an article entitled “U.S. Eases Restrictions on Contact With Taiwan in Jab at China.” Bloomberg writes:
“Whereas the implications of the announcement aren’t but clear, it appears the intent is to nudge unofficial U.S.-Taiwan relations towards one thing extra akin to official ties,” stated Maggie Lewis, a regulation professor at Seton Corridor Regulation Faculty who has written extensively on Taiwan and China.
In The Monetary Instances and The Telegraph (subscription required) Lewis appeared in an article entitled “China Hits Out at U.S. as Taiwan Relations ‘Elevated to Global Partnership.” Within the article Lewis notes that “The Biden administration was going to need to, sooner or later, articulate in clear phrases its place on US-Taiwan relations. This transfer provides extra stress to articulate that framework on an accelerated timeline.”
In AFP, a information wire service based mostly in France akin to AP and Reuters, she was queried concerning a few of the fallout from the announcement, together with the cancellation of scheduled diplomatic journeys to Europe by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and to Taiwan by UN Envoy Kelly Clark. The article, “Turbulent Trump Diplomacy Ends with Scrapped Europe, Taiwan Trips,” was printed in media retailers all over the world and featured Lewis placing the matter into perspective: “‘It was very late within the recreation to be having a go to of this degree,’ Maggie Lewis, an analyst at Seton Corridor Regulation faculty who relies in Taiwan, advised AFP. ‘It is applicable to be specializing in the incoming administration as an alternative of the ultimate days of the Trump administration.'”