Following the 20th National Congress of the CCP, where it was made clear that the CCP will not give up its desire to annex Taiwan, even if it has to use force, recent statements by U.S. President Joe Biden surprised many people.
At the White House on November 9, Biden said he hopes to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to try to reach an agreement on Taiwan’s border boundaries so that U.S. and Chinese interests do not overlap.
“What I want to do with him when we talk is lay out what each of our red lines are, understand what he believes to be in the critical national interests of China, what I know to be in the critical interests in the United States, and to determine whether or not they conflict with one another. And if they do, how to resolve and how to work it out.” said Biden.
As for Xi, who has not yet responded to the invitation, although he confirmed his presence in Indonesia, he has an inflexible stance on the island’s independence.
Xi said during the congress, “The resolution of the Taiwan issue is the Chinese people’s own affair, and it is up to them to decide,” Xi said in October this year at the CCP’s most important political event.
He added that he wants to “reunify” Taiwan, even though the CCP has never ruled the island nation.
“We insist on striving for the prospect of peaceful reunification with the utmost sincerity and best efforts, but we will never promise to renounce the use of force, and we reserve the option to take all necessary measures.” Xi added.
According to analysts, the next meeting between the two leaders will not reach any clear result, due to their polarized stances. In addition, Biden throughout his administration has given somewhat ambiguous speeches.
In his last speech before the U.N., Biden again supported the CCP’s “one China” policy, implying that he does not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty.
He said, “We seek to pull peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and remain committed to our ‘One China’ policy, which has helped prevent conflict for four decades.” He added, “We continue to oppose unilateral changes in the status quo by either side.”
However, days before the U.N. Assembly in New York, Biden said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that his administration would be on Taiwan’s side in the event of a foreign invasion.
“So, unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir,” ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Scott Pelley asked, “U.S. forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?”
Biden’s answered was a definitive yes.
Relations between Taiwan and the U.S. seem to be growing, despite the CCP’s opposition.
U.S. officials’ visit to Taiwan angers CCP
In August, the visit of Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, one of the highest official in the U.S., provoked various reactions and threats from the Chinese regime.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that U.S. politicians who “play with fire” on the Taiwan issue “will not come to a good end.” And it also said, “There will be serious consequences if she [Pelosi] insists on making the visit.”
Subsequently, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army conducted intimidating military exercises around Taiwan, causing tensions to rise to high levels.
Despite the events, officials from various countries have not stopped visiting the island and showing their support for Taiwan’s independence. In October, the visit of Brendan Carr, one of the five members of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, promised to strengthen relations between the two democratic countries.
He said, “Everything that we can do as Americans to show support and that we are allied with Taiwan – whether it’s big things or in the case of me a very small thing – everything matters to China’s calculus.”
U.S. military supports Taiwan’s independence
Recently, Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an event in New York on November 9 that he is prepared to assist the island in the event of a foreign attack.
Milley said, “The U.S. is committed through the Taiwan Relations Act, and President Biden has said on many occasions recently that the United States will continue to support Taiwan.”
He added, “We will support them militarily … We would try to help train them and equip them.”
The Western military presence in the region was reinforced with the joint Indonesian-U.S. military exercises carried out on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Milley said, “Indonesia is of critical strategic importance in the region and has always been a key partner of the United States.”
Milley, who is critical of the CCP’s aggressive expansionist policy, has said that the CCP’s military was increasingly aggressive in its interactions with U.S. military aircraft and ships, as well as other Southeast Asian countries.
In addition to military support in the region, in September, Biden asked Congress to approve a $1.1 billion arms sales package for Taiwan to “maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.”
Although Biden’s statements have been somewhat ambiguous whether he recognizes Taiwan as a sovereign and independent country, what is clear is the growing rejection of the repressive and expansionist policies of the CCP, both from China’s neighbors and from the West.