To be clear, sir,” Pelley replied, “unlike Ukraine, US forces, US men and women will defend Taiwan in the case of a Chinese invasion?”
The president said, “Yes.
Biden has already stated that the US will defend China, as evidenced by this comment from May 23, 2022. To my knowledge, this is the first US president to commit US military soldiers to the defense of the Republic of China.
Why is this important?
The foundation of our Taiwan policy is “strategic ambiguity.” Instead of promoting Taiwanese independence, the plan is to sell them weaponry. China is allowed to maintain the lie that Taiwan is only a province that is rebellious. Taiwan is permitted to be bullied, but there has always been an unspoken threat that a frontal invasion would risk US assistance of some sort.
Personally, I believe that when we severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan and granted diplomatic recognition to the Chicoms on the grounds that we might use China as a counterbalance to the USSR, we made a typical Kissingeresque, big-brain thinker mistake. In my opinion, leaders who were unsure of the “red lines” of the other side created a rotting wasteland of dead men, women, and children in the name of “strategic ambiguity” in history.
The best thing you can say about Joe Biden is that he’s a f***ing doofus on a good day. That was prior to his dementia-related decline. Nobody, not even Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping, outside of his inner circle of carers, is aware of who is in charge of US foreign policy. Joe Biden has asserted that US policy needs us to defend Taiwan at least twice—today and on May 23—so it is unclear that he even understands what he is saying.
Although the White House assured 60 Minutes that US policy had not changed, it is difficult to see Hunter Biden’s business associates agreeing with that assertion.