As much as President Biden likes to hear himself talk, he needs to get better at meaning what he says. The man has frequently misspoken and had to correct himself immediately in some cases, but often is forced to have his administration walk back his comments because he fails to catch himself. From calling Vice Present Kamala Harris the President to saying incredibly wrong numbers, he cannot stop himself from looking like a fool.
Recently on his trip to the Pacific, the blubbering Biden was asked about the U.S. getting involved should mainland China strike against Taiwan. Without hesitation, he replied “yes. That’s the commitment we made.” Naturally, this did not sit well with the Chinese or the international community at large. Try as they might, White House officials could not walk back his remarks fast enough.
In response, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quick to lock in on this statement and assert their rights to defend China, as well as their territorial claims to Taiwan. Despite Taiwan governing itself as an independent nation, mainland China claims the island is a part of its territory. As such, any involvement with the U.S. is a violation of that sovereignty in their eyes.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin gave a statement during a press conference on May 23rd that should alarm everyone. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. On issues concerning China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, China has no room for compromise or concession…No one should stand in opposition to the 1.4 billion Chinese people.”
Wang’s comments are a thinly veiled threat to the U.S., Australia, India, and other nations that use Taiwan frequently for trade and manufacturing. He went on to posture against any communications from the U.S. towards or with China concerning Taiwan’s independence.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying added fuel to the fire via Twitter. “China is firmly resolved in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity. There is zero room for compromise. The U.S. side should stop attempting to hollow out the one-China principle and embolden ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces. This is playing with fire.”
His statements, while shorter and more direct than Wang’s, are nonetheless threatening and are like the Russian rhetoric before they invaded Ukraine.
Biden’s leftist buddies have been on a full-steam-ahead mission to ensure the Chinese realize that they are not under attack.
Meanwhile, people like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) have been taking to the media to push the narrative that Biden needs to watch what he says and to be clear on the U.S. policy regarding Taiwan. Simply put, if China attacks Taiwan, the U.S. will be there to defend them. He wants Biden to make this public and widespread. He wants to avoid ambiguity and be incredibly clear about American intentions.
With the Russia-China pact to work together, and their recent drills while President Biden visited the Pacific, they are posturing themselves to get ready should someone choose to help Taiwan. They want the entire globe to know that this is the hill they are prepared to die on.
While it’s not President Biden or anyone else’s responsibility to ensure they get the opportunity to lay down on this hill, if China wants some, they should get it. The time for games and being subtle is over. We already helped Ukraine push Putin back in a big way, and we have forces on standby to help Taiwan should this require boots on the ground.