AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis
In response to a reporter’s question in Tokyo on Monday, President Joe Biden vowed to defend Taiwan if it were attacked militarily by China. In an embarrassing kowtow to Beijing, the White House immediately issued a statement walking back Biden’s declaration, leaving Taiwan in a more precarious security situation than if he had not said anything at all. But even more ominously for the island’s future was the action taken by Biden just hours earlier to abandon Taiwan to Chinese pressure by leaving Taiwan out of the new Indo-Pacific trade deal.
During a meeting with the leaders of Australia, India, and Japan on Monday, Biden announced a new trade pact with 12 nations called the “Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.” Together, the countries included in the pact account for 40% of the world’s GPD.
The plan comprises four pillars aimed at strengthening trade ties in the region in response to China’s growing influence: trade and supply chain stability; clean energy, de-carbonization, and infrastructure; common tax rules; and anti-corruption measures. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the framework is focused around “the further integration of Indo-Pacific economies, setting of standards and rules, particularly in new areas like the digital economy, and also trying to ensure that there are secure and resilient supply chains.”
But noticeably absent from the plan is Taiwan, yet another move by the Biden administration that signals weakness instead of strength toward the Chinese Communist Party. Confronted by a journalist on the flight to South Korea, Sullivan admitted that “Taiwan will not be part of the launch.”
This news comes after more than 50 Senators and 200 Members of Congress penned letters to the White House urging Biden to include Taiwan in the agreement. Yet for the President, warnings from Chinese Communist Party leaders to leave Taiwan out must have carried more weight.
For the Taiwanese, the Biden administration’s evident willingness to abide by Beijing’s dictates must be disheartening indeed. On the day Biden landed in Seoul to kick off his tour of Asia, the Chinese military breached Taiwan’s early defense identification zone with fourteen aircraft capable of deploying electronic and anti-submarine weaponry. Although similar incursions are by now common, this latest incident was one of the largest to date.
Biden’s weakness in regard to Taiwan may also have implications elsewhere in the South Pacific. Last week, for example, it became known that Beijing had made efforts to negotiate security deals with other island nations following a pact with the Solomon Islands last month that left U.S. leaders concerned.
One of those nations, Kiribati, is just 1,860 miles away from Pacific Central Command in Hawaii, well within striking range of Chinese planes and missiles. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that China had finalized plans to modernize an airstrip and bridge on the island.
China’s mounting aggression is a marked shift from the Trump years, when Beijing was largely kept in check by real action aimed at checking Chinese power. After pulling the U.S. out of the Obama-era Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2017, Trump recalibrated the U.S. strategy in the region toward slowing China’s economic ascendency, while also recognizing that trade deals negotiated by earlier administrations had left the U.S. in an economically vulnerable position. He correctly surmised that an economically stronger United States would mean more reliable security assurances for both the U.S. and its allies like Taiwan.
In 2020, Trump also signed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act, aimed and helping strengthen Taiwan’s diplomatic ties with other countries in the region while also restricting U.S. engagement with nations that undermine the security or prosperity of Taiwan. The move was one of the most concrete by any recent president to provide security assurances to Taiwan and send a clear message to Beijing.
Now, however, the Biden administration appears to be allowing Beijing to set the limits of the U.S. involvement in the South Pacific. No doubt emboldened by U.S. failures elsewhere – most notably the debacle in Afghanistan – the Chinese Communist Party feels it has little to fear from the current U.S. President. This perception was likely only reaffirmed when the White House affirmed the so-called “One China” policy in its walk back Monday of Biden’s promise of military aid to Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.
The Biden administration can continue to say that it is prioritizing U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific and countering Chinese aggression. But those words appear increasingly empty as, when it comes time for action, they capitulate to Chinese demands.
Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian and researcher.
We hope you've enjoyed this article. While you're here, we have a small favor to ask...
Support AMAC Action. Our 501 (C)(4) advances initiatives on Capitol Hill, in the state legislatures, and at the local level to protect American values, free speech, the exercise of religion, equality of opportunity, sanctity of life, and the rule of law.Donate Now
Biden has to cave he is their most trusted Emplytee
If I’m not mistaken, Taiwan is the major producer of those vital computer chips that are required for automobiles. We’d BETTER change our tune on Taiwan – and FAST- before China takes it over!
Pop-up said they would love to hear my thoughts concerning the “back peddling” of Biden administration, about sleepy’s Taiwan comment.
Actually, there Are No Words that can even begin to make give a Reply…
Backpeddling….a political skill seen at it’s best with this present administration. But what might we expect? China wants Taiwan…..the administration wants to kiss up to China…..so Taiwan is a done dog…..just a matter of time….and China is most patient…..most patient.
Anyone surprised ? ANYONE ?!?
They don’t call him “Beijing” Biden for nothing…China OWNS Biden !!!
Arrest the whole biden administration for treason!!!!
The quicker a revolution here ,the better. Someone has got to get that dummy out ofr office. Kyle L.
With Biden and his clan, there is no “caving”. Do you think that Biden & clan are going to do away with receiving more of their dirty money? I don’t think so. We don’t know what kind of crooked deals that Biden & Hunter did during the 8+ years, that he has been able to do so. And probably still doing.
So… “Biden Caves to China …”.
WHY WOULD ANYONE BE SURPRISED?
Agree. I am not surprised. Biden is a proven liar and no leader. What has he done for America-Nothing. He does not even know where he is and he is compromised with our enemies. He does not care about Legal American citizens rights-it is obvious. Waiting 2-4 years is ridiculous since he and many other Communist Dems have undermined our Great Constitution. We need them all in prison NOW! 81M people voted for Biden, really. Maybe 81 people.
Biden’s a pathetic coward! IMHO
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!
AMAC administrators, please make it so we can make corrections in our comments please. Sometimes we miss the errors our own spell checks decide needs to be included in our comments. Thank you!
With the highest amount of influence China now has over this country, I’m thinking that if the Patriotic Americans finally decided to take these traitors in our government to task, and I mean by fighting them to the death in a Civil War, that China would bring in their own troops to aid in their defeat. This is not so far fetched to believe would happen. Any recall reading on Social Media about Chinese Military presence in Canada?
And the ONLY reason I believe this country hasn’t yet been destroyed, is because it is of God’s will and timing. I’m sure some of us wonders what He’s waiting for. His Word says, ‘His mercy endureth forever,’ and, ‘one day is as a thousand days, as a thousand days is as one day to the Lord.’
The only answer left for this country to recover, IF the LORD even sees fit to save us? IS the LORD God’s intervention. This nation’s Christian’s need to be aware that God is not only our first hope, but our last! I continue to pray for His mercy and forgiveness. There is so much evil and depravity in this country now, that I know it is entirely up to God how and which way this is going to go at this point. Many Americans are somewhat numbed by what is going on in this country. But people need to, as Jesus warned, ‘TAKE HEED unto themselves and to not be deceived for the things coming upon the earth.’ He said this to His disciples concerning the ‘end times.’
In the book of Revelations it states that, the nation which began with the LORD’S blessing, to become a protector of nations threatened with tyranny, also grew to be a Super Power with measured authority over other nations and countries, along with her materialistic and social influence in the world. Then….. she became lifted up in arrogance and pride, insomuch that she decided she no longer needed God, and in essense, placed herself above the Throne of the Almighty. Also states, ‘She sits a queen’, as if no one would dare to confront her about anything! Because of this abomination before God, she will be the express target of His Holy indignation and wrath. Her destruction is mentioned in other books of the Bible as well; Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, I believe. Her identity is different but the outcome is the same. Those who are the Lord’s Elect will be taken up before her destruction. And it is written:
‘Come out of her my people and be not partakers of her sins.’
This country better wake up now! I believe God is the only answer we have left! Pray earnestly for those who need to be Saved from God’s wrath! And pray for Israel.
May God have mercy upon us all!!
One day is as a thousand ‘years’ as a thousand years is as one day.’ Sorry!
Of course, if Taiwan is included in such a deal, it would have to be acknowledged that it is a “partner member” or something in order to avoid calling it a nation or state.
The Chinese are getting their monies worth out of Biden.
I have no doubt that ol’ slo’ joe’s getting piles of money and favors from many other politicos of ours as well. But yeah, biden’s their ace in the hole.
It’s difficult to imagine that biden’s someone’s “ace in the hole”. I just can’t wrap my brain around that one. They must be desperate.
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!
Biden is the epitome of all evil! Every day he lives he brings more harm and destruction to America and our allies! It is as though he spends all of his time figuring out more ways to destroy us. I actually believe that he is too senile to make all of these decisions on his own and is just the puppet on the end of the puppet master’s strings!!!
I hope everyone here is registered to vote and is voting. Voted today in the GOP primary runoff. We’ve got to eliminate the RINOs in the primaries and the socialist Democrats in November. In November 2020, according to a credible survey, 40% of registered voters who consider themselves conservatives DID NOT EVEN VOTE! Don’t vote and you make it easy for the Democrats to steal elections. PLEASE vote in November!
Every Conservatives must make it a point to get all other Conservatives to VOTE! Call, email, write and speak to your contacts, family and friends in advance of elections!
Well, I’m a conservative, independent voter. I’m not a Republican and never thought of being a demoncrat but, as an independent my vote goes to the Republicans simply because they’re the more conservative of the two major political parties until, unless a real conservative party (that has enough “oomph”) steps up and becomes a major party. The Republicans are not that party and the Demoncrats most definitely aren’t.
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!
DOES THIS “PRESIDENCY” REMIND ANYONE OF “WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S” ???????? WHO SAID IT WAS DANGEROUS INCOMPETENCY? LISTEN TO THIS PUPPET AND BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID. I HOPE YOU SHEEP WHO VOTED FOR THIS SHEPHERD ARE HAPPY WITH GRASS IN YOUR PASTURE. IS IT GRASS OR WEEDS FOR DINNER? THEY DON’T CARE AS LONG AS THE NWO PROGRAM IS IMPLEMENTED.
he’s an incompetent disgusting waste of skin.
He’s the Dullard of DelUNAWARE!
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!
Biden is traitor to his own country and our allies.
Those kind of people used to be shot!
I’m not suggesting anyone do that.
Just send him to China to live or maybe Japan where he’ll be asked to agree to euthanized because he’s old and they’re killing the elderly off to control population.!!!
Canada is offering assisted suicide for elderly people who request it. Let him go there in an electric vehicle instead of making taxpayers foot the plane ride to Japan or anywhere else.