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The Chinese Communist Party has warned the Biden administration that America will pay an “unbearable price” if it continues to interfere in Taiwan.
By “encouraging ‘Taiwan independence’ forces,'” the administration “not only puts Taiwan into an extremely dangerous situation, but also exposes the United States to an unbearable price,” senior CCP diplomat Wang Yi said, according to Reuters.
“Taiwan has no other way forward other than reunification with the mainland,” he reportedly added.
Critics of the Biden administration were quick to argue that such threats were never issued to former President Donald Trump.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) December 30, 2021
To current President Joe Biden’s credit, the America’s strengthened relations with Taiwan is one Trump era policy that he has somewhat chosen to maintain.
“On August 5, 2021, President Biden approved his administration’s first arms sale to Taiwan: a $750 million weapons package. The sale represents yet another step in a series of moves that point to the expansion of U.S.-Taiwanese relations,” the Center for Strategic & International Studies notes.
The CSIS acknowledges that prior to former President Donald Trump, “every administration … did not test China on its ‘One China Policy.’”
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) December 3, 2016
“[D]espite Chinese warnings and threats, Trump pushed back and took several unprecedented steps to deepen the U.S.-Taiwanese relationship. Now, unlike in other countries where President Biden is looking to reverse or move past Trump-era diplomatic policies, the Biden administration has continued pursuing closer relations with Taiwan,” according to the institute.
That being said, Biden has repeatedly displayed weakness. After a discussion last month with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he inexplicably stressed to reporters that his administration is “not encouraging Independence.”
President Biden said his administration’s policy on Taiwan was unchanged and the United States was not encouraging independence for Taiwan pic.twitter.com/15OJ08TJeY
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 17, 2021
Moreover, according to the American Center for Law & Justice, despite the president claiming publicly that he’s willing to defend Taiwan in case China ever invades, his behind-the-scenes actions suggest he doesn’t really mean it.
“[D]uring President Biden’s so-called Summit for Democracy, the live video feed of Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang was mysteriously cut right after he showed a map that featured Taiwan as separate from China,” the center notes.
“Such a visual might very likely irritate China’s president or ruling Communist Party. Especially when the graphic Minister Tang was referring to in his presentation reportedly ranked China poorly for human rights.”
The summit mentioned by the ACLJ occurred earlier this month.
The ACLJ admits though that the State Department has for its part “claimed that the cut video feed was just a glitch due to ‘technical problems.'”
But there’s a problem with this explanation.
“[W]hen Taiwan’s minister finished his presentation, it was reportedly followed by a disclaimer on the screen stating: ‘Any opinions expressed by individuals on this panel are those of the individual, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States government.’ … It’s hard not to wonder if this was all orchestrated to appease the Chinese Communist Party,” the center notes.
A video from the President’s Summit for Democracy edited out a portion showing Taiwan as separate from China. This seems to indicate a desire to appease China & contradicts the Biden Admin’s claims to want to defend Taiwan.
We’ve filed a FOIA request. https://t.co/v7klwvUEMX
— ACLJ (@ACLJ) December 29, 2021
All this comes as China continues to try and force its will upon the Taiwanese people. At issue is that China has laid claim to Taiwan and demanded it “reunite” with the mainland. But the Taiwanese people feel differently.
Just this week the CCP also said that it’s willing to resort to “drastic actions” if the burgeoning independence movement in Taiwan continues to grow.
“China was willing to try its utmost to seek peaceful reunification with Taiwan but would act if any red lines on independence were crossed, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office, told a media briefing,” according to Reuters.
“If separatist forces in Taiwan seeking independence provoke, exert force or even break through any red line, we will have to take drastic measures,” Ma reportedly said.
Meanwhile, China continues to fly jets over the Taiwan Strait in a bid to reportedly to pressure Taiwan.
China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense zone in a stepped-up show of force around the island Beijing claims as its own, and Taiwan’s foreign minister said it would fight to the end if China attacks https://t.co/QEn5sa1fJY pic.twitter.com/Mbih7Eo2Fq
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 8, 2021
If and when things truly pop off between China and Taiwan, it’s really not clear to many how Biden will proceed …
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