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Lessons in Diplomacy:|
1. There are words and deeds that are irreversible - one must think three times before saying anything, especially as the leader of a country.
2. Lobbyists always start as volunteers in your election campaigns, so that the candidate, if elected, will owe them a favor that they can cash out on, as the need arises, sometimes, repeatedly, especially if they are rewarded with a government position.
3. It is very easy to insult an elephant by throwing mud on its face - it is a very different thing to stop an elephant if it reacts with a rampage. In international relations, there are NO silver bullets.
For China, it has lessons to learn as well.
1. If you don't mind Taiwan acting as an independent country, and calling itself as such with impunity, nobody would.
2. If you don't make Peaceful Reunification your mission, with a timetable that the government officials are going to be held accountable for, you will never achieve it.
3. If you don't have a credible deterrent against independence, with or without foreign intervention, nobody will be afraid of your objections and protests.
This diplomatic incident exposes the weaknesses in the diplomatic conduct of both sides, including the willingness of the foreign-backed leadership of Taiwan to risk the lives and property of its own people for an impossible joke, that Taiwan is or will ever be separable from China.