Was Biden’s Taiwan defense comment a gaffe, an attempt to look strong, or the quiet part said out loud?
The stated “commitment” to get involved militarily was quickly walked back by the defense secretary
All geopolitical considerations are being thrown out the window as US President Joe Biden’s gaffes and off-the-cuff comments at press conferences threaten to imperil geopolitical stability.
Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, Biden’s failure to keep his words in check prompted outrage from China. He was also asked by the press to answer questions about the possibility of US involvement in any conflict with China if there were an attack on Taiwan.
“Yes,” Biden said, “That’s the commitment we made.”
His remarks fly in the face of America’s longstanding policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ on Taiwan, which has allowed the US relationship with China to remain neutral, without any requirement for to come to Taiwan’s aid against China – militarily, at least.
This policy provides Taiwan only with limited resources for defense and was established by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, to stop any changes in Taiwan’s status from China.
Officially, the US does not recognize Taiwan’s bid for sovereignty and recognizes the Chinese government in Beijing as Taiwan’s official rulers, per China’s One-China policy.
While the American economy may be at serious risk from stagflation due to a weakening dollar, President Biden showed a willingness and ability to spend huge amounts of money in foreign support. According to the New York Times’ report, $54 billion has been spent by the Biden Administration in support of Ukraine during the conflict with Russia.
What was once a rallying cry for liberals against Trump, who warned at every turn that the former president’s careless rhetoric risked starting World War III, has now become an almost-weekly occurrence with the present commander-in-chief.
Biden’s failure to keep his words in check has enraged China, which issued a prompt response, stating its “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition”His remarks were complemented by the following: “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that they intend to make a statement. “firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests, and we will do what we say.”
China claims it will do as it states, so you can be sure to believe that.
Biden’s remarks risk undoing years of America’s official policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ for the sake of cheap talking points to appear tough in the face of numerous setbacks against Russia – especially as problems at home go unaddressed.
With the unending supply chain crisis, fallout from pandemic-era restrictions, and several new crises of his administration’s own making, such as the baby formula shortage, the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, mass illegal immigration at the southern border, and skyrocketing inflation, Biden has been reluctant to address any of the problems facing everyday Americans, preferring instead to turn his gaze outwards.
In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s engagement in Ukraine, the US issued a stern economic response, with Biden, at the time, bragging that “as a result of our unprecedented sanctions, the [Russian] ruble was almost immediately reduced to rubble.”
Contrary to his expectations, the ruble is vastly outperforming every other currency on the market, which is facing a downturn as a result of those very same sanctions – to no one else’s surprise. As detailed by Bloomberg, the ruble extended its gains to become this year’s best-performing currency. On Monday, the ruble surged to a seven-year high against the euro thanks to the Russian government’s counter-measures. It’s not easy to turn the ruble into rubble.
Rather than take the loss and admit his policy failures, Biden now postures against China – America’s next biggest rival to Russia. He is trying to make himself look strong at the expense of American taxpayers who end up footing the bill for his foreign endeavors – and he’s doing so by risking American safety, not to mention the stability of the world at large. His posturing isn’t even backed up by the Department of Defense, which stated explicitly there has been no reversal in official US policy towards Taiwan.
“As the president said our One China policy has not changed,”Lloyd Austin, Defense Secretary of Defense, said that no policy change was made in response to questions from confused reporters.
“He reiterated that policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also spoke out about our Taiwan Relations Act commitment to Taiwan’s defense. So, again, our policy is not changed,”Austin. It is important to not overlook the fact Biden answered yes when asked whether he would send American troops to Taiwan.
Regardless of any denials from the White House, China must take what the so-called ‘leader of the free world’ says at face value, even as Biden’s staffers try to undo his apparent blunder. The question is: Was he merely posing or saying the loudest part?