When Kosovo declared independence last week, the West applauded the move, Russia reacted in anger, and everyone in Asia (including Singapore) kept quiet.
This is why. What the hell are you going to say to the Taiwanese when they declare independence from China? I mean if the West support Kosovo, how can they object when Taiwan declare independence? Western leaders are dismissing Russian objections as meddling but on this, the Russian are right. Ethnic secessionist movements throughout the world will take heart at Kosovo’s independence and their own independence movement will grow stronger as a result.
Here in East Asia, that means one thing. Taiwan. If they declare independence, how can the West say ‘no’ when they had already said ‘yes’ to Kosovo? Afterall, it's "self-determination" (the reason they are giving to Kosovo). So what the hell are you going to say to Taiwan if they declare independence?
That’s why almost no one in Asia is supporting Kosovo’s independence. It’s a Pandora’s Box that has been opened, and that’s not a thing to be happy about.