After Trump’s recent phone call to Taiwan, the Asian chess players are very active in the game.
China has moved to isolate Taiwan from allies and conduct military exercises off their coast. Now it’s Japan’s turn to move their chess piece.
As a show of support, Japan has renamed its de facto embassy in Taiwan to include the name of its host country. The new name is, The Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.
Adding Taiwan to the title may seem like a small issue, but it’s a clear signal to China to back off. It’s also a gesture of friendship to the small island nation.
The One China policy, that recognizes mainland China and Taiwan as one country, is being challenged. Just as the Russians view Ukraine as a red line to western influence, Taiwan is the Chinese red line.
As both China and Japan increase their military capabilities, this is a region to watch. China wants total control of the South China Sea; while Japan wants to ensure its trade routes and interests are protected.