China is increasing pressure on Taiwan, which it considers its territory
President Joe Biden vowed to protect Taiwan from any Chinese incursions during a CNN town hall Thursday night.
“Are you saying that the US will come to Taiwan’s rescue if China attacks?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Biden, to which the president replied, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”
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A member of the audience asked Biden about China’s recent test of a hypersonic missile and questioned whether the United States would stand by China.
“Don’t worry about whether they’re going to be more powerful,” Biden said after reaffirming that the rest of the world “knows” that the United States has the most powerful military in the world.
Biden also rejected the idea that he wanted to start another Cold War with China.
“I don’t want a cold war with China,” Biden said. “I just want China to understand that we are not going to back down and we are not going to change any of our views.”
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The Taiwan Relations Act, to which the United States is currently a party, does not guarantee that the US will engage militarily if China invades Taiwan, which it claims has been sovereign Chinese territory for decades, but says that the United States “shall provide Taiwan such defense as may be necessary in such quantities as articles and defense services to enable Taiwan to maintain self-reliant defense capabilities.”
US presidents have adopted a policy of “strategic ambiguity” so that China does not know what the US response would be to an attack.
Recent aggression towards Taiwan There have been suggestions by the Chinese communist regime that Beijing wants to test the resolve of the Biden administration, especially in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, experts tell Granthshala News.
Beijing last month sent dozens of warplanes toward the region’s air defenses, part of a muscular approach to the region that has been growing for months. President Xi Jinping has also given a renewed call to bring it to China, Call For “peaceful reunion”.
Beijing views Taiwan as a separate province and claims it is part of its own territory. The two countries separated in 1949, and China has been increasing pressure on the self-governing nation, while opposing its participation in international organizations such as the United Nations. The US does not formally recognize Taiwan, but maintains an informal relationship and supports its democratic government.
Experts say that, while there are many reasons why China recently stepped up its aggressive maneuvers towards a US ally, including a domestic power struggle, the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan is one of those contributing factors.
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James Anderson, president of the Institute of World Politics and a former senior defense official in the Trump administration, told Granthshala: “They have been trying to pressure Taiwan from time to time, to put pressure on the United States and investigate vulnerabilities, to test our resolve.” put pressure on it.” News. “And perhaps the most recent escalation and proximate cause of scrutiny is our loose and unfortunate disaster in relation to the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
The withdrawal in late August is seen as damaging America’s position and commitment abroad, and Chinese state media used the chaotic departure as an opportunity to mock the US.
“The US just showed the world that it is unable or unwilling to confront a small adversary in Afghanistan with very basic weapons,” state-controlled Global Times tweeted. “So in the future, when it urges its allies to challenge major powers like China and Russia, very few will follow.”
Granthshala News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report