Taiwan regional leader Tsai Ing-wen may meet with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during her "stopover" in the US on her way back from Central America. On March 29, American anti-war organization Center for Political Innovation (CPIUSA) protested against Tsai's transit in New York and shouted out loudly "China is not our enemy!" What's the motivation behind this protest? How do the anti-war forces in the US think about US provocation on the Taiwan question? the widely acclaimed speaker, writer, journalist, and political analyst Caleb Maupin (Maupin), ideological leader of CPIUSA, shared his views with Global Times (GT) reporter Wang Zixuan in an interview.
GT: What objectives did you want to achieve by organizing this protest?
Maupin: Right now, the US is falling apart - our trains are derailing, our water is not being properly purified, our power plants are collapsing, our roads and bridges are crumbling. The American people do not want war. The polls show that they don't want more foreign interventions and don't want the US military to attack more countries. Our leaders are hosting Tsai Ing-wen and essentially working with her to promote war against Beijing. She came to the US to beg for more weapons, more provocations and more supports to antagonize the people of the Chinese mainland.
As patriotic Americans who love our country and want to make life better, it is our necessity to oppose this. We need to call out what was going on. The politicians and the billionaires that were shaking hands with her do not represent the American people. The American people want jobs, schools and healthcare, not more wars, so it was necessary to show her the real America, not the dog-and-pony show that the billionaires were putting on for her behind closed doors.
GT: Why does the US repeatedly provoke China on the Taiwan question? If Tsai meets McCarthy, what impacts will be brought on the cross-Straits situation and on US-China relations?
Maupin: We're facing a long-term economic crisis in the US. Things have never really gotten better since 2008. Now things are starting to fall apart once again, we just saw the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank and other banks. So they want to scapegoat China. They want to say this is all China's fault. On top of that, some of the big corporations see China as a competitor. They want people to buy products from American corporations but not from China. For example, rather than engaging in Post too long. Click here to view the full text.