Patrick C. Agonias 06/15/12AB
CDA, LJL3 PHIFOCY
THE CHARM OFFENSIVE
The charm offensive is the strategy conceived by the Republic of Taiwan. It aims forgreater recognition in the international community as an independent state. The Republic of Taiwan used to be de jure China, before
the People’s Republic of China
replaced them. This isknown as the One China Policy in which the mainland is recognized as China while Taiwan isonly its province. For years Taiwan tried to gain independence, but China would never let them.This made Taiwan as a renegade province and is using diplomacy as their tool in gainingrecognition; such as its Charm Offensive.They are embarking on a public and cultural diplomacy. They are bidding for a formalrecognition thereby hoping to be reinstatement to the boards and organizations of councils of states i.e. the United Nations. There offensive strategy is aimed against the PRC.Both nations have in recent times concentrated their activities and intensified it on developingstates. They are bidding them to garner their support by cementing bilateral relations with them.This campaign of diplomacy has been particularly evident in small and poor states, like in thePacific and Africa.Taiwan knows for a fact
that it cannot keep up with China’s public diplomacy machinery.
Taiwan in return has resorted into outright buying or winning itself in organizations and councilsat all costs. In its attempt to regain its seat in the UN, it donated and probably surrendered vastamounts of money and resources to political apparatuses and personnel in exchange for theirsupport. Because Taiwan is unable to join the UN and sign free trade agreements with otherstates has resulted in this kind of diplomatic tactic.The charm offensive of both sides overall has mainly negative effects. This kind of diplomatic tactic undermines and threatens the social fabric of the societies of the developingworld. Therefore, the offensive has to great extent, helped in fuelling corruption and malpracticein the public sector in the developing world.