US needs clear policy on Taiwan – Northern Star

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U.S. President Joe Biden waves as First Lady Jill Biden looks on standing at the top of the steps of Air Force One before boarding at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Saturday, September 17, 2022. President Biden said during from an interview aired on Sunday, September 18, 2022, that US forces would defend Taiwan should China attempt to invade the self-governing island claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, adding to displays of official US support for island democracy in the face of Chinese intimidation.

With the threat of war between the United States and China looming, the Biden administration must stick to a clear policy toward Taiwan.

In an interview with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes, President Biden has made it very clear that US forces will defend the island of Taiwan in the event of an invasion by China.

Despite the president’s plain language, US State Department spokesman Ned Price had a different take on the matter.

“Our ‘one China’ policy has not changed. We don’t take a position on sovereignty,” Price said. at a press conference on September 26.

This is not the first time that conflicting views on Taiwan between Biden and his administration have surfaced. At a conference in Tokyo in MayBiden was asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan.

“Yes,” Biden said. “That was the commitment we made.”

Similar to the 60 Minutes interview response, Price and the State Department reiterated that the US policy toward Taiwan has remained unchanged, contrary to the president. These contradictory statements by Biden and the State Department could have dangerous repercussions. Biden’s policy of military intervention would mean war with nuclear power China it is the largest import supplier to the United States in 2020. Not only would the human cost of war be a major issue, but the negative economic implications would affect the United States on an unprecedented scale.

“Those who play with fire will perish by it”, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a phone call with Biden in July.

The Chinese have made it clear they are against any recognition of Taiwan’s sovereignty by the United States, leading to heightened tensions over the issue this year. In addition to Biden’s comments, an August visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi heightened tensions between the United States and China. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi asked for the visit »seriously violates the one-China principle, maliciously infringes on China’s sovereignty, and blatantly engages in political provocations.

Additionally, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg received negative feedback from the Chinese authorities after suggesting on September 27 that Taiwan should be given the opportunity to participate in the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization.

In recent history, the United States has employed a policy of strategic ambiguity when it comes to military intervention in Taiwan. Biden obviously abandoning this policy, a real plan must be put in place to ensure peace. Whatever approach the United States takes toward China and Taiwan, there must be clarity between government powers. This is a brewing storm that would affect many lives, so there needs to be a clear policy in place.

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