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Obama Names Taiwan Liaison

Filed under: International,Obama — DRJ @ 1:14 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Obama Administration has named William Stanton as the new director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto ambassador to Taiwan. Taiwan is a sensitive diplomatic post for U.S. interests, especially as the Taiwanese government has moved to align its economic interests with China in recent years:

“One of Stanton’s main challenges will be to maintain a robust U.S. profile in Taiwan, as President Ma Ying-jeou presses forward in his ambitious program to improve relations with China.

Since taking power last May, Ma has jettisoned the more China-wary policies of his predecessors and moved the economies closer together.

That has raised questions of whether the U.S. is being left behind in a region where it had a vital stake during the Cold War.”

Blogging at One Free Korea, Joshua Stanton (no relation to William Stanton) has questioned William Stanton’s diplomatic skills and claims Stanton is “known for his strong support for Chinese policies” and accused of having “impeded internal reports critical of the Chinese regime.” Similarly, USC’s US-China Institute translates a 4/9/2009 VOA article that states some view Stanton as “pro-Beijing.”

Is the Obama Administration headed for an anti-democracy trifecta? Iran-Honduras-Taiwan.

UPDATE: Steve points out a Taiwan blogger who thinks everyone should keep an open mind about Stanton’s views.


17 Responses to “Obama Names Taiwan Liaison”

  1. relax: everything is going just as Ear Leader has planed….

    all hail Ear Leader!

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. This administration is shaping up to be the greatest foreign-policy disaster since…….?

    AD - RtR/OS! (b9e569)

  3. Carter? No, he’s already well on his way to surpassing the infamous peanut farmer.

    Dmac (f7884d)

  4. They sent Kmeic to Malta as ambassador. He can do little harm there.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  5. “Pardon moi, but do you have a bottle of Iran-Honduras-Taiwan Trifecta?”

    “But of course!”

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  6. Trifecta? Why stop there?

    Kevin Murphy (805c5b)

  7. I guess it would be incorrect to call President Obama “the leader of the free world.”

    Kevin Murphy (805c5b)

  8. Similarly, USC’s US-China Institute translates a 4/9/2009 VOA article that states some view Stanton as “pro-Beijing.”

    An apparent reference to the same Taipei Times article the blogger noticed. Its author, William Lowther, had since been telling readers Stanton was out of the running.

    Their rival rival publication had praise for Stanton from his outgoing predecessor in their lead paragraph and headline.

    steve (035677)

  9. steve – Do you expect Young to say that Syanton is a dirty socialist fuck up in public? Seriously?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  10. Well, it qualifies as “change”.

    Techie (482700)

  11. steve – Do you expect Young to say that Syanton is a dirty socialist fuck up in public?

    There’s no credible reason to believe either Young or Stanton are, actually.

    An on-scene blogger who downloaded the same quotes from Taipei Times about Stanton, highlights this:

    A former senior US official said it would have been impossible for Stanton to block cables. Throughout Stanton’s career as a diplomat, he had made friends and, of course, enemies too, added the former official, who declined to be identified.

    Blogger Joshua Stanton practices law in Washington, D.C and once served in Korea.

    steve (5b6552)

  12. Any relation to Stanton, California?

    hortense (aka horace) (ce3869)

  13. steve,

    I’ve updated the post to add a link to the blogger you mentioned.

    DRJ (cdbef5)

  14. You are very kind.

    Ud. es muy amable.

    steve (97deb5)

  15. Gracias, steve, I try to be kind but this is common sense. I’m interested in getting the complete picture and input from several sources helps us get a better picture.

    DRJ (cdbef5)

  16. An ambassador can censor any message coming out of an embassy unless it is sent “back channel.” Stanton repeatedly stopped any mention of the PRC aggressive moves and worked hard to quash anyone who held opposing views. He is a good little Marxist and just the type of lemming Obama would employ.

    What is scary is that there are so many at State and the CIA who are like this.

    Thomas Jackson (8ffd46)

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