[Epoch Times November 1, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Xia Yu comprehensive report) One week after US President Biden announced the protection of Taiwan from the CCP’s invasion, US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken stated on Sunday (October 31) , The United States will support Taiwan’s fight against the Chinese Communists’ aggression.
“Our policy has not changed.” Brinken said, “By the way, we have a long-term commitment. When Biden was a senator in the Senate, he strongly supported (this commitment). This is a long-term commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act. Commit to ensure that Taiwan has the means of self-defense, and we support this.”
“The President firmly supports this, and we want to ensure that no one takes any unilateral actions that will undermine the status quo in Taiwan.” He continued, “This has not changed.”
Biden attended the CNN Citizens’ Meeting last Thursday (October 21). He said that if the CCP launches an attack, the United States will protect Taiwan. The White House spokesperson subsequently stated that Biden’s statement was not announcing any changes in US policy, “our policy has not changed.”
Biden’s remarks quickly made headlines because the United States has been implementing a “strategic ambiguity” policy on Taiwan for decades. The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 promised that the United States will support Taiwan, including providing it with defensive capabilities, but not necessarily participating in military conflicts.
This Sunday, CNN’s Dana Bash (Dana Bash) asked Blinken to clarify his remarks.
“You are now saying that if (Taiwan) is attacked, will the United States not defend Taiwan? Can you be more specific?” Bash asked.
“Once again, what I can tell you is that we are still committed to and resolutely fulfilling our responsibilities under the Taiwan Relations Act, including ensuring that Taiwan is capable of resisting any aggression.” Brinken responded.
Bash then asked: “The President made it clear that the United States will (protect Taiwan). This is not the same as what you said, right?”
“The president has made it clear for a long time, including when he voted for the Taiwan Relations Act as a senator, that we will make every effort to ensure that Taiwan has the means of self-defense.” Blinken replied.
In the face of Beijing’s increasing military provocations against Taiwan, some US congressmen have called on the US to get rid of strategically ambiguous strategies and adopt clear strategic policies instead.
In September and October, after the CCP’s aircraft harassment surged, in an online forum hosted by Politico on October 7, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (Republican) and Democratic Rep. Ami? Ami Bera pointed out that the US strategy towards Taiwan needs to be cancelled.
Members of both parties in the US Congress called on the United States to break its long-standing “strategic ambiguity” policy in protecting Taiwan. At the same time, Republican congressmen also supported the US military stationed in Taiwan and helped train Taiwan’s national army.
Robert Wilkie, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Personnel and War Readiness, told Air Force Magazine: “I believe that in dealing with Xi Jinping, it is useless to use strategic ambiguity.” He pointed out. The CCP is already threatening all its neighbors, including India, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan.
In September of this year, Harry Harris, the former commander of the US Pacific Command of Japanese descent, pointed out in an exclusive interview with Kyodo News that the CCP used the international community to isolate Taiwan for the purpose of controlling Taiwan and called on the United States to change its “strategic ambiguity” over the Taiwan Strait. .
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