A senior Biden administration official told Fox News Tuesday, Aug. 17, that the U.S. government remains committed to defending Taiwan in the face of reunification threats from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that saw an opportunity to escalate its rhetoric when the United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan.
“We have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We consider this central to the security and stability of the broader Indo-Pacific region. Events elsewhere in the world are not going to change this enduring interest,” the senior official assured in his statement.
“It’s also unfortunate that the PRC’s state media is exploiting the human suffering in Afghanistan to take shots at the United States. That’s not what responsible powers do,” he added.
Faced with a weak exit from Afghanistan, the CCP scales up its demands
After the Biden administration definitively withdrew its military presence from Afghanistan, the Taliban terrorist group overthrew the national government. It seized complete power in the country in just a few weeks.
In what was apparently an unplanned withdrawal, many Afghans and foreign civilians attempting to flee were killed by the Taliban. Thousands of Americans are still trapped under threat from Islamic extremists.
In the face of what is seen as a weak military response from the Biden administration, the Chinese regime escalated its rhetoric and made demands of the American government.
China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said Tuesday that the United States must ‘stop official contacts & military ties with Taiwan, stop arms sales to Taiwan, and reject the “Taiwan independence separatist forces and their separatist activities.”
Yi also threatened, “We reserve the option of taking all necessary measures in response to foreign interference” in Taiwan, and “no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will & strong capability of the Chinese people.”
In 1979, the U.S. Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), defining aspects of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The TRA states that the “United States will make such defense articles and defense services available to Taiwan in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain sufficient self-defense capabilities.
“We will uphold our commitment under TRA, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the official said in his statement, rejecting the CCP’s demands.
The ‘one China’ policy
The Chinese communist regime has been embroiled in diplomatic disputes in its attempts to defend the so-called ‘one China policy’ under which it does not recognize the sovereignty of Taiwan and, until recently, the semi-independence of Hong Kong.
Last week, after Lithuania announced the opening of a ‘Taiwan representative office,’ the CCP angrily recalled its ambassador from the European country and threatened to ‘punish’ it severely and cut diplomatic relations.
“China must take strong countermeasures against Lithuania. If Lithuania persists, China must be prepared for a breakdown in ties. In addition, China should join hands with Russia and Belarus, the two countries that border Lithuania, and punish it. China and Russia are necessary to jointly deal a heavy blow to one or two running dogs of the US to warn other countries,” the CCP wrote in one of its propaganda outlets, the Global Times.
However, Lithuanian parliamentarian Dovilė Šakalien, who was behind the initiative to open the Taiwan office, surprisingly responded to the regime with strong determination.
“We are small, but we are tough, and we will make our own decisions on who we partner with,” Šakalienė said. “We are not changing our decision, we are still very happy that we are opening the Taiwanese Representative Office in Vilnius and we are hoping to have an even closer relationship in terms of trade, technologies, culture, health and other areas with Taiwan.”
Nothing to worry about
Usually, when CCP officials threaten to cut diplomatic relations, they use trade relations as an argument to pressure governments.
But looking at the reality of trade relations with China around the world, if today all the countries with which Beijing has disputes, to name a few, India, Lithuania, the United States, Australia, Japan, were to turn their backs on the CCP and stop buying from it, the only one who would lose out would be the Chinese regime that has enriched itself by flooding markets with Chinese products.
In all its bilateral relations, China ‘sells’ hundreds or thousands of times more than what it ‘buys,’ so Beijing needs these trade relations to continue to feed its existence.