Biden’s Taiwan defense pledge

Reply Tue 24 May, 2022 05:34 am

05/23/2022 07:43 PM EDT

The White House moved swiftly to clarify President Joe Biden’s comments, but his assertion Monday that the U.S. will militarily defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion attempt may actually pave the way to conflict in the Taiwan Strait.

It’s the second time since October that aides have had to walk back Biden’s comments that appear to reverse the longtime policy of “strategic ambiguity” regarding U.S. willingness to defend Taiwan. “As the President said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” a White House official said Monday in a statement. “He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.”
Reply Tue 24 May, 2022 07:13 am
There's a report today on the BBC about hacked Chinese files showing the full horror of the enforced impronsonment of the Uighur population.

It's pretty disturbing reading.

It's reassuring to see, that at a time when the World is again faced with two forces of autocracy and freedom just like the 1930s, the presiddnt of America is behaving like Roosevelt and not some Nazi lickspittle like Lindberg.

Or Trump.

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Reply Tue 24 May, 2022 10:02 am
As we've been selling advanced weapons systems to Taiwan for years, Biden really isn't saying anything new. We provide them with defensive capability; that doesn't mean we'll be deploying troops.
Reply Tue 24 May, 2022 11:07 am
It's the rhetoric that I don't get.
Reply Tue 24 May, 2022 11:27 am
I really didn't think there was any rhetoric there. He stated what our policy has been forever. The Chinese know our policy as well. Lots of faux outrage all around.
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2022 03:30 am
It's the rhetoric that I don't get.

Biden has the gift of gab but remains rhetorically challenged.
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