Did Joe Biden write a geopolitical check he can’t cash when he pledged to defend Taiwan? He doesn’t seem to think so. His own White House does. Pick a lane, you fools.
To be clear, the problem isn't that Joe Biden says that the US will intervene militarily if Taiwan is invaded. The problem is that it's totally unclear if that's true or if we even have the capacity to do so, and it's even more unclear when his own White House keeps shushing him.
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FNC: “President Biden stated that the U.S. will send the military to defend Taiwan if the People’s Republic of China were to invade the island nation.”
A reporter asked him on Saturday, “Very quickly, you didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” the reporter asked the president during a news conference in Japan. “Yes,” Biden replied. “You are?” the scribe pressed. “That’s the commitment we made,” the president said. Well, points for Biden. But can he back it up? Telling is the following White House statement that back pedals the commitment from outright defense to supplying arms.
“As the president said, our policy has not changed,” a spokesperson said. “He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin was not pleased. He expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments: “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity…No one should underestimate the strong resolve, determination and capability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. China has no room for compromise.”
China expert Gordon Chang tied in Biden’s words on Taiwan and his recent visit to South Korea. “They are connected because, before Biden touched down in South Korea – the first stop on the trip – the Chinese publicly warned him not to talk about Taiwan and so there was the joint statement between President Biden and President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea, which specifically mentions Taiwan,” Chang said. “There are going to be a lot of Taiwan discussions in Japan, the second and last stop on this trip – and so really what the United States was saying to Beijing is, “‘I’m not afraid of you anymore.’
“The reason the administration has to do that is because, in the last couple of weeks, the Biden team has done things that made it look like it was intimidated by China, which is the reason why the Chinese were very aggressive before the trip, because they thought they had Biden on the run,” Chang added.
Even the Russians think China may be on the ropes on this one. “Xi Jinping was at least considering taking over Taiwan in the fall – he needs his own little victory to get re-elected for a third term – there the struggle within the elite is colossal,” an agent in Russia’s Federal Security Service, the successor agency to the KGB, reportedly wrote on March 9th.
“Now, after the Ukrainian events, this window of opportunity has been closed to him, which gives the United States the opportunity to both blackmail Xi and negotiate with its competitors on favorable terms,” the FSB agent added. “It was in this case that we launched a trap mechanism for China with our actions.” Well now. Did Biden stumble into a victory?