Welcome to China’s new interventionist foreign policy
On May 13, the Chinese Embassy in Brasilia wrote to Brazil’s congress, recommending the body’s silence on the reelection of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen — essentially demanding adherence to the “One China” policy. But later that month, a Brazilian congressman leaked the letter on Twitter, rebuking what he called an “affront” and congratulating Tsai on her victory. Brazilian netizens responded angrily, starting a “VivaTaiwan” campaign on social media and accusing the Chinese Communist Party of infringing on their country’s sovereignty.
This episode may come as a surprise to many, given that China has for years promised noninterference in its partners’ affairs.… Seguir leyendo »