As US-China relations sour, Taiwan’s value as a ‘chess piece’ may rise

Taiwan has always been a “chess piece” that Washington can play with in U.S.-China relations, said Zhiqun Zhu, a professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University. “Taiwan’s value to the U.S. will only increase as tensions between the U.S. and China escalate,” Zhu told CNBC. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said before that China “must be and will be” reunified with Taiwan — by force if necessary. However, recent military and diplomatic actions from Washington hav


Taiwan has always been a “chess piece” that Washington can play with in U.S.-China relations, said Zhiqun Zhu, a professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University. “Taiwan’s value to the U.S. will only increase as tensions between the U.S. and China escalate,” Zhu told CNBC. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said before that China “must be and will be” reunified with Taiwan — by force if necessary. However, recent military and diplomatic actions from Washington hav
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As US-China relations sour, Taiwan's value as a 'chess piece' may rise

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen waves to assembled guests from the deck of the ‘Ming Chuan’ frigate during a ceremony to commission two Perry-class guided missile frigates from the U.S. into the Taiwan Navy, in the southern port of Kaohsiung on November 8, 2018. Chris Stowers | AFP | Getty Images

As the United States and China remain deadlocked in a deepening dispute over trade and technology, some experts say Taiwan’s value as a bargaining chip has increased. The self-governed island — which Beijing deems to be a renegade Chinese province — is one of many flashpoints in the rivalry between the world’s two superpowers. Taiwan has always been a “chess piece” that Washington can play with in U.S.-China relations, said Zhiqun Zhu, a professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University. “Taiwan’s value to the U.S. will only increase as tensions between the U.S. and China escalate,” Zhu told CNBC. Under the Chinese Communist Party’s “One China” policy, the self-ruled island is part of mainland China. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said before that China “must be and will be” reunified with Taiwan — by force if necessary. However, recent military and diplomatic actions from Washington have been seen by Beijing as U.S. support for Taiwan’s independence movement. At the Shangri-la dialogue in Singapore last weekend, Chinese Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming said Washington’s support for Taipei has sent “terribly wrong signals to Taiwan’s independence forces, which could undermine regional peace and stability. ” “If anyone wants to separate Taiwan from the country, the Chinese military will resolutely defend the unity of our motherland at all costs,” Shao added.

‘Upgrade’ in US-Taiwan relations

The U.S. using Taiwan as a card is a new factor in the dynamic of the trilateral relationship that “really did not exist” before President Donald Trump came into power, said Bonnie Glaser, senior advisor for Asia at Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “Trump is a transactional president and he often seems to be willing to put anything on the table,” she told CNBC. On the military front, the Trump administration has ramped up arms sales to Taipei over the years, invoking the ire of Beijing. Washington is reportedly preparing a sale of more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan. Diplomatic issues have also come to the fore. In May, high-level security officials from the U.S. and Taiwan met for the first time in nearly four decades, drawing an angry response from Beijing. Chinese Foreign Minister Lu Kang said Beijing is “strongly dissatisfied” with and “resolutely opposed” to any official meetings between the U.S. and Taiwan. “I believe we’re inching closer & closer to Beijing’s redline on US-Taiwan senior official mtgs–those that are publicized at least,” Derek Grossman, a senior defense analyst at California-based think tank RAND Corporation, said on Twitter after the U.S.-Taiwan meeting.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan at the Great Hall of the People January 2, 2019 in Beijing, China. Mark Schiefelbein | Pool | Getty Images

Grossman told CNBC on email that his understanding is that such meetings “have been ongoing for some time in private.” “My hunch is that it was publicized this time via intentional leak from one or both sides to signal to China that the upgrade in U.S.-Taiwan relations is here to stay,” he added.

Taiwan’s next leader is key

Taiwan is set to have its presidential elections in January 2020 — and experts said the polls would likely determine the direction of cross-strait ties. Grossman said that if the incumbent Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen is re-elected, which is “likely,” cross-strait tensions are likely to escalate further from 2020 to 2024. Glaser from CSIS echoed that sentiment, adding that if a candidate from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party was elected, China would ratchet up military, diplomatic and economic pressure. “I think the Chinese would be worried that there’s always this potential for things to go in a very negative direction because the combination of Trump being president and the possibility that Tsai gets re-elected … could really embolden Tsai to move toward the direction of independence,” she added.

China could miscalculate and think the United States would get involved in a conflict, and that would really be a very dangerous situation. Bonnie Glaser senior advisor for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

According to Grossman, the best hope for keeping tensions under wraps would be if a candidate from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party wins the next Taiwan presidential race and recognizes the “One China” policy. That said, Grossman added, public opinion polling in Taiwan has shown that voters will not likely support the opposition KMT in doing so. “The Taiwanese have been observing how China’s ‘One Country, Two Systems’ approach has worked out in Hong Kong, and it isn’t too inspiring,” Grossman added. A public opinion survey conducted by the Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council in May also found that 83.6% of Taiwan opposes Xi’s “one country, two systems” policy.

A ‘small’ risk of escalation


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The US has a chance to have its first World Chess Champion since Bobby Fischer

The World Chess Championship begins in London on Friday between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and U.S. challenger Fabiano Caruana. Carlsen told CNBC on the eve of the opening match. I enjoy the struggle of playing human players. Should 26-year-old Caruana win, he’ll be the first American since Bobby Fischer in the mid-1970’s to hold the title. Chess has 600 million fans worldwide and its promoters claim that makes it the most participated sport in the world.


The World Chess Championship begins in London on Friday between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and U.S. challenger Fabiano Caruana. Carlsen told CNBC on the eve of the opening match. I enjoy the struggle of playing human players. Should 26-year-old Caruana win, he’ll be the first American since Bobby Fischer in the mid-1970’s to hold the title. Chess has 600 million fans worldwide and its promoters claim that makes it the most participated sport in the world.
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The US has a chance to have its first World Chess Champion since Bobby Fischer

The World Chess Championship begins in London on Friday between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and U.S. challenger Fabiano Caruana. They’ll contest twelve matches spread over a three-week period to decide the 2018 winner.

There’s over $1 million dollars in prize money on offer, with this match being billed as the toughest to call in years, given how evenly matched the two player’s rankings are.

“I want the games to be long and not so much decided by home preparation. It’s all about a battle of minds on the board, which is really what I find most exciting. I think this is what Fabiano also finds the most exciting, since he is not the kind of player who relies on home preparation.” Carlsen told CNBC on the eve of the opening match.

This head-to-head battle of human intelligence is the Norwegian’s preferred form of competition and, despite advances in A.I. technology, he wouldn’t want to see a computer entered into the Chess World Championship.

“Computers are better than humans now and that’s not going to change,” Carlsen said. “I enjoy playing the best, but only as long as it’s a human. I enjoy the struggle of playing human players. To me playing a computer is far less interesting and not something I would do in an official tournament or match.’

Carlsen has been the champion since 2010, winning the title three-times in that period, but said in the pre-match conference that his form would need to “step up” if he was to win.

Should 26-year-old Caruana win, he’ll be the first American since Bobby Fischer in the mid-1970’s to hold the title. Despite the history and the quality of his opponent, Caruana insisted he was looking forward to the challenge.

“His standards are very high, he’s still having good results, just maybe not as good as he’d hoped,” the Italian-American told CNBC at the launch of the event. “It’s like boxing, you have two guys who are slugging it out for a very long time and I think it’ll go down to the wire, which is another good reason to tune in.” he added.

Chess has 600 million fans worldwide and its promoters claim that makes it the most participated sport in the world.

The newly elected president of chess’s governing body FIDE, Arkady Dvorkovich, wants to increase prize-money for future tournaments and ensure the women’s game has equal stature. Currently, total prizes on offer for women is roughly a quarter of what the men make.

The 2016 world championship took place in New York and attracted a host of famous names to watch including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg and Jay-Z. A further ten million people followed the match online and that number is predicted to increase this time around.


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‘I told you so,’ chess legend Garry Kasparov says on Russian interference in the US election

Russian interference in the U.S. elections via social media platforms amounts to “cyberwar,” chess legend Garry Kasparov told CNBC Wednesday, adding that he has been warning about this for a while. Russian-backed operatives bought ads and posted fake news across sites such as Facebook and Google. Kasparov, who is chair of the Human Rights Foundation, has been a strong critic of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin over the past few years. Twitter found and closed down around 2,700


Russian interference in the U.S. elections via social media platforms amounts to “cyberwar,” chess legend Garry Kasparov told CNBC Wednesday, adding that he has been warning about this for a while. Russian-backed operatives bought ads and posted fake news across sites such as Facebook and Google. Kasparov, who is chair of the Human Rights Foundation, has been a strong critic of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin over the past few years. Twitter found and closed down around 2,700
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'I told you so,' chess legend Garry Kasparov says on Russian interference in the US election

Russian interference in the U.S. elections via social media platforms amounts to “cyberwar,” chess legend Garry Kasparov told CNBC Wednesday, adding that he has been warning about this for a while.

Over the past few weeks, details have emerged about the extent of Russia’s meddling in the U.S. elections. Russian-backed operatives bought ads and posted fake news across sites such as Facebook and Google.

Kasparov, who is chair of the Human Rights Foundation, has been a strong critic of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin over the past few years. And said he has been highlighting the activities of Russia in the cyber world.

“I’m tired of repeating ‘I told you so’. For so many years I’ve been pointing out Putin’s activities in Russia, in neighboring countries, in Europe, predicting that he would go elsewhere if he could see potential benefits,” Kasparov told CNBC during a TV interview at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

“The whole industry of fake news, supported by troll factories, that was the invention of KGB (the former Soviet Union’s state security agency) in Russia to deal with Russian opposition to control the internet. Then they extended this practice to Russian speaking neighborhoods in the former Soviet Union. Then they tried it in Europe. Eventually they successfully tried it in the United States.”

Facebook revealed last month that about 80,000 posts backed by Russia got onto the social network over a two year period reaching around 126 million Americans. Twitter found and closed down around 2,700 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, one of the groups linked to Russia. And Google said that Russian-backed operatives had uploaded 1,000 political videos on YouTube across 18 channels.


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