Pakistan and King Gyanendra’s Nepal show remarkable alacrity in backing China’s anti-secession law
Pakistan was the first one off the mark. It enthusiastically declared its support for China’s new anti-secession law that authorises the use of force in case Taiwan declares independence. Now it is Nepal’s turn, to declare ‘unequivocal’ support for the law. That support came after the Chinese ambassador paid a courtesy call on one of King Gyanendra’s deputies.
Pakistan and Nepal join Syria, Ethiopia, Belarus, Indonesia, Cambodia, Cuba, Venezuela, Dominica, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan in strengthening their commitment to the one China there is. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has joined the party too.
While Japan and Australia have expressed concern, India has yet to make a statement. It will probably like to keep it this way. China’s law may not amount to much on the matter of reunification, but it does force its friends to show their hands, and stand up to be counted.