Would you rather be crushed under the wheels of history or submerged by its tide?
I ask only because there was a rhetorical twist concerning Taiwan from the Chinese leadership at the U.N. General Assembly which ended earlier this week. Whereas normally the tide of history is invoked when it come to the “inevitable re-unification” of Taiwan with the mainland, Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, switched to warning that anyone standing in the way of this will be “crushed by the wheels of history.” Any external influence trying to prevent reunification would be met with “the most forceful steps”.
This sounded like a response to President Biden’s pledge a few days earlier that U.S. forces would defend Taiwan, “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack”. CBS 60 Minutes host Scott Pelley sought clarification – “U.S. forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” The answer was “Yes”. So, Mr Wang decided to remind him that the answer should be “No”.