After President Joe Biden stated that he had agreed with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping that they “will abide by the Taiwan agreement,” Senator Marco Rubio asked Biden in a letter to clarify what exactly he was referring to.
The doubts come in the face of growing CCP threats to invade Taiwan, a territory of more than 23 million people with an independent government, and the repeated support the U.S. has shown for the defense of that country noted Taiwan News of Oct. 8.
“His comments that the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will “abide by the Taiwan agreement” have left many confused about what exactly he meant,” Rubio explained on his website.
He added, “For decades, there has been strong bipartisan consensus regarding the U.S. commitment to Taiwan, as we have shared democratic values and Taiwan has become a model for everything we want the Indo-Pacific to look like.”
He went on to say, “I believe you still understand the critical importance of Taiwan’s defense as a core U.S. national security interest, which is why I am concerned over your recounting of a recent call with Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping.”
Rubio further argued, “Allowing the genocidal and totalitarian regime in Beijing to take Taiwan would not only completely undermine the credibility of the United States and our alliance system in the region, but also could potentially endanger international supply chains and trade that uphold the American economy.”
Rubio raises a question that could dramatically change the situation for tiny Taiwan: “Is there a new or pending agreement regarding Taiwan?”
Nevertheless, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated, “Our commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region.”
It is noteworthy that the recent incursions of hundreds of CCP bombers in the vicinity of the island and its aggressive rhetoric raise fears that it will practice its aspirations to take possession of the island, even using force as it had mentioned before.
For her part, Taiwanese President Tsai-Ing-wen wrote: “if Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system. It would signal that in today’s global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.”
She also stressed that her country is far from having an aggressive warlike attitude but “will do whatever is necessary to defend itself.”
On the other hand, U.S. officials revealed that special operations marines have been training Taiwan’s military forces since last year.
The presence of these support specialists had not been disclosed before. However, it’s indicative of the Pentagon’s concern about the increased risk of invasion from the mainland, according to The Wall Street Journal of Sept. 7.
Such assistance to Taiwan is not viewed favorably by the CCP, prompting Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian to say that the regime would take all necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, as it considers Taiwan to belong to it.