THE other day, I came across a social media post of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile posing a question as to how do we position ourselves in the brewing China-Taiwan tension. While many, including some of my friends, responded by saying we stay neutral, I really would want to disagree as it is my firm belief that staying neutral in a situation like this would only embolden an irresponsible leader like US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to commit the same offense in the future even if it brings us to the brink of another world war.

There are 183 countries out of the 193 member countries of the United Nations which signed the resolution in 1970 which gave recognition to the "One China" policy, acknowledging the People's Republic of China's right to a seat in the UN body. And that includes the United States.

Noticeably, in the ruckus created by Pelosi, reports say that only about 160 countries, including the Philippines, issued statements reiterating their adherence to the One China policy, coming up short as to how they view Pelosi's action. Only a handful, mostly political parties, had raised the bar, lashing out at the US House speaker's irresponsibility which some quarters claim could be a deliberate attempt by the US to reinforce Taiwan's separatist movement.

Among those who condemned Pelosi's Taiwan visit were Gennady Zyuganov, chairman of the central committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation; Adem Farah, deputy president and general secretary of the Prosperity Party of Ethiopia; Penildon Silva Filho, member of the executive committee of the Workers Party of Brazil; Laos People's Revolutionary Party central committee's commission for external relations; All India Forward Bloc; Syria's Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party; the Patriotic Front in Zambia; the Party of the European Left; Pakistan's National Party; Iran's Islamic Coalition Party; the Independent Nasserite Movement in Lebanon; the Yemeni Socialist Party; Jordan's Communist Party; the Communist Party of Peru (Red Fatherland); the Communist Party of Belarus; the Communist Party of Tajikistan; Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left; the Progressive Party of Working People of Cyprus; and the Communist Party of Australia.

Surprisingly, not even the Communist Party of the Philippines has issued a statement condemning Pelosi for undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the effects of which could easily spill over to the rest of Asia and eventually, on a global level.

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To begin with, Pelosi's visit to Taiwan despite warnings from China, is not an isolated case.

In fact, with China reaching economic and military parity with the West, the US has been busy bullying and putting it in a bad light the past five years. There's the case of the Huawei chief executive officer who was charged and detained for wire fraud but which sources claim was due to the US losing out in the 5G race; and the politicizing of the Covid-19 which led to the Asian hate crimes in the US.

Actually, they have done the same thing with Russia and Ukraine. For years, the US has reportedly been arming Ukraine and effecting leadership change. This is on top of recruiting Ukraine to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an association of European countries along with the US, created to counter the illusionary threat of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. But with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the threat has supposedly withered with it, thus effectively relegating NATO to obsolescence. But no, NATO went on an expansion spree, recruiting former member states of the Soviet Union to its side, thus reversing the role. NATO now poses a threat to Russia, which forced it to take action against Ukraine which was then readying itself to join NATO.

But as the US and its allies went unreprimanded over their role in pushing the two countries to war, which is tantamount to tolerating their actions, the US, through Pelosi, is again peddling war, this time in our part of the world, where there is a high probability that we, even as plain bystander right now, could get dragged into the mess.

And the US, even has the guts to criticize China as it takes action to defend its sovereignty.

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the countermeasures taken by China over the visit of Pelosi to Taiwan was irresponsible, and even accused China of overreacting and using it as a pretext to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and destabilizing the region.

China ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xillian hit it right on the head when he retorted it was the US which is being irresponsible when it allowed Pelosi to go ahead with her visit to Taiwan as this "seriously violates the one-China principle, maliciously infringes on China's sovereignty, gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for 'Taiwan independence'," as he stressed "the Chinese government has every right to do whatever necessary and justified to resolutely uphold our sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Further, the ambassador accused the US of being responsible for changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait for having deliberately undermined the One China policy.

"There is only one China, and both the mainland and Taiwan belong to this one China. This has been the status quo of Taiwan since ancient times. There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. This is the real status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Now the status quo has indeed been broken, but the culprit is the US and the 'Taiwan independence' separatist forces that the US condones and supports," the Chinese ambassador said.

Now, who is destabilizing this region? Well, I think it's crystal clear. Had Pelosi not violated the One China policy, we would not even be having this discussion.

The funny thing is Blinken said at the meetings that the US would like to see international law observed and national sovereignty and territorial integrity upheld, something which they had violated when Pelosi went ahead with her visit to Taiwan.

In response, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that even as the US had violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries countless times, as long as "the United States is seriously correcting its mistakes, we will encourage them to do so."

"But the key is to take concrete actions," said Wang.

I readily agree with him. The US cannot afford to play with fire if it doesn't want to get burned. But for the meantime, maybe the 160 countries which have reiterated their adherence to the One China policy, or even the United Nations, issue a statement condemning Pelosi's action, to give a signal to the US that we will no longer allow their warmongering actions like what Pelosi has instigated.