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China Rattles Its Sabers; We Respond With Rhetoric And The Citizens of Taiwan ‘Yawn’

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WASHINGTON, DC, Nov 4 — The winds of war are howling in the South China Sea as tensions mount between the Communist regime of mainland China and the island nation of Taiwan, just 124 miles to the south. 

Although the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the State Department explains that “The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act provides the legal basis for the unofficial relationship between the United States and Taiwan and enshrines the U.S. commitment to assist Taiwan in maintaining its defensive capability.”

Apparently, however, that does not mean the U.S. would necessarily ally itself with Taiwan should the Communist Chinese decide to engage in a shooting war.  In the world of diplomacy, there is what is called “strategic ambiguity.” 

Thus, the suspiciously vague statement Sandra Oudkirk gave to ABC News.  Oudkirk is the director of the American Institute in Taiwan, which is the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city.  As she explained it: “We are going to continue to advance global and regional goals of the Biden administration, including countering malign PRC [Peoples Republic of China] influence, recovering from the devastating impacts of the pandemic and addressing the threat of climate change.” 

And, according to ABC News, she refused to comment on the revelation that U.S. troops are already on the ground in Taiwan, albeit for training purposes, according to President Tsai Ing-wen. 

However, ambiguity is not going to mean much should the PRC decide to invade Taiwan; we either come to their rescue using bullets and bombs, or we sit this one out.  The PRC’s Defense Ministry is not equivocating when it says: “If the U.S. continues to stubbornly cling to the illusion of using Taiwan to contain China…China will resolutely counter and fight back.”

Chiu Kuo-cheng, Taiwan’s Minister of Defense, seemed to give the U.S. a way out when he told reporters that his tiny nation should not have to depend on the U.S. for protection.  He said, according to Newsweek, “The country must rely on itself, and if any friends or other groups can help us, then it’s like I said before, we’re happy to have it, but we cannot completely depend on it.”  However, he added, they’d welcome all the help they can get in defending themselves from the Communist Chinese threat.

And, President Biden seemed to up the ante, according to an Associated Press report, when he stated that “I just want to make China understand that we are not going to step back, we are not going to change any of our views.”  The AP says that when he was asked if the U.S. would come to Taiwan’s rescue if attacked by PRC forces, Biden said, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”

The war of words continued when PRC spokesman Zhao Lijian, in a news conference last week, declared that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory.  The Taiwan question is purely China’s internal affair, which allows no interference by external forces.  China will firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, oppose any country’s interference in the Taiwan question, and acts that undermine regional peace and stability.” 

Ian Easton, author of  “The Chinese Invasion Threat,” says the prospect of an invasion of Taiwan is likely.  In a recent interview, Easton stated that the “risk is very real, that it will happen in our lifetime, and it could happen in the foreseeable, near future … It is possible to envision this ending in an all-out invasion attempt and superpower war.  The next five to 10 years are going to be dangerous ones.  This flashpoint is fundamentally unstable.”

On the other hand, the citizens of Taiwan seem to take the communist rhetoric and threatening flybys in stride.  Beijing’s warplanes have breached the island’s airspace some 400 times in recent months, but life goes on in Taipei without undue worry or fear, according to CNN.  Its reporters canvassed the folks there as they carried on with their daily chores, and the majority of them seem to ignore the growing numbers of menacing communist incursions.

A pair of 80-ish grandmothers, for example, simply said that “We don’t worry about it at all.  The threat has always been there, and there’s nothing to worry about.  If it were going to happen, it would’ve happened a long time ago.”  And a young professional woman told a CNN reporter, “I think mainland China and Taiwan have always co-existed peacefully. There are Taiwanese people in mainland China, and there are mainland people here in Taiwan. We are all Chinese people.”


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HocasPocas
2 months ago

Biden is nothing but a lying sack of horse dung! Let’s go Brandon!

Cristin Colbert
2 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Amen

johnh
2 months ago

Taiwan makes 80-90% of the world computer chips , according to 60-Minutes a few months ago. That is a key component to the whole world at the current time. Hope that peace will prevail.

Becky
2 months ago

Oh. Now we start the “approval” process?
This AFTER forcing 4 to 7 ‘find this’ screens per comment!
Way to lose people Amac…..

Becky
2 months ago

China needs stopped in its tracks.
Now.
It has always been a warring people. Right back to its dynasties. Just like the shitslamists, they have historically wanted total control.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago

If Biden says YES, we will defend Taiwan, based on Biden’s repeated history of outright lies, the true answer is NO, America will back off & China knows it…Depending on when America boycotts the 2022 Olympics, could or will be the determining factor for the PRC to make their move into Taiwan…
Anything coming out of the Pentagon is NO different than what comes out of the WH, all nonsensical
” malarkey ” …
Bill on the Hill… :~)

PaulE
2 months ago

Bill,

The United States is NOT going to boycott the 2022 Olympics. Just the opposite. Several members of the Biden administration have already stated that U.S. participation in the Olympics is part of returning to “normal” with both China and the rest of the world. Once the Olympics are over, then China will set their date for when they want to move against Taiwan.

Forget the Pentagon. The entire senior leadership have made their choice to fully support the Democrat agenda. So anything coming from there will just be a repeat of whatever the WH says.

TXPatriotGal
2 months ago

Gen. Milley recently was asked about his opinion of the chance that China would invade Taiwan. He replied that he did not see it happening in the near term – 24 to 36 months. Taking into account Milley’s recent assessment of the time it would take the Taliban to take over Afghanistan, I’d say that very soon after the 2022 Winter Olympics, China will take over Taiwan and Biden will do nothing to stop it, other than incoherently speak and figuratively wring his hands.

Hal
2 months ago

In the decades ahead, China will grow as a menace to the world population and it governments. Japan, Korea, and several other Asian Nations better gear up and get alert. For the foreseeable future China won’t mess with the Ruskies because the Ruskies know their game and are prepared to deal with them .. and they know it. China has already romanced China Joe Hidin’ Biden and encouraged China to get more ambitious in stealing wealth from this Nation. IMO Joe Hidin’ Biden and B O Bama have been borderline treasonous in foreign affairs with Nations that are not friends.

Becky
2 months ago
Reply to  Hal

Nothing “borderline” about it.
Biden IS Treasonous.
barack IS Seditious. You must be American to be Treasonous.
Both deserve hanging. Along with Soros.

Jeffrey T.
2 months ago

Q. What does a Chinese Puppet look likeA. Joe BidenWe The People need Donald J Trump back where he belongs i.e. in the oval office. I’m certain Xi celebrated when Biden was able to steal our 2020 election and he’s certainly laughing at us because we don’t seem able to stop same from happening again…or, is there something I’m missing

Sharon Ormsby
2 months ago

However, if you took the militarytimes news, you would see that even the United Kingdom beat them in just the War Games. China would defeat us royally, so China wouldn’t listen to Biden at all. It’s sad but true.

Solomon
2 months ago

And this among other tragedies is exactly what we get when people foolishly throw away their vote to unworthy, incompetent, America hating social Democrates. I am sorry to say this but if you voted for this brainless idiot you own it!

PaulE
2 months ago

The useless word salad that Sandra Oudkirk used of “We are going to continue to advance global and regional goals of the Biden administration, including countering malign PRC [Peoples Republic of China] influence, recovering from the devastating impacts of the pandemic and addressing the threat of climate change.” typifies what passes for “government speak” these days. Lots of words strung together, but nothing of any real substance actually being uttered.

I fully understand what the term “strategic ambiguity” is and how our State Department officials and others in our federal government normally use it to convey messages to the other side, in this case China, without overtly stating our position or policy directly. What Sandra Oudkick said wasn’t that. Unless her intent was to convey the Biden administration places no more importance to China taking open actions against Taiwan, than we would to news that China might consider doubling the number of coal fired power plants scheduled to be built between now and 2030. Which is to simply issue a brief message that such action isn’t in the spirit of the G20 countries when it comes to the ludicrous Paris Accords regarding climate change. Her response was pure blather. Nothing more. Is it really any wonder why we have gone from being feared by our enemies and begrudgingly respected by our allies to being viewed as pretty much a joke under the Biden administration? This is yet another example why.

Max
2 months ago

What is there to be said that has not been stated the past 6 months by other articles and commentators. The mainland will invade Taiwan at a time of their own choosing, and this current administration will roll over and play dead, then turn around and blame WHITE racism as the cause for the debacle. The BLAME game will continue until the left are axed.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

I agree Max. Everything that needs to be said on this subject has already been said a number of times already.

anna hubert
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Time to act was in 1946

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  anna hubert

No, the world was tired of war, trying to rebuild so there was no true democratic world support during the Chinese Civil war ending in the 1949 victory for the PRC. Next was Korea which the democratic world were caught with their pants down and technically, the Koreas are still at war since there is only a truce in effect. Hostilities can still breakout at any time.

anna hubert
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

Paton and Mac Arthur would go through hell and back back were stopped Paton had to be killed because what they intended was not in the script and they were not allowed to win in Korea and then Vietnam all the way to Afganistan

johnh
2 months ago
Reply to  anna hubert

No the war needed to end in 1946. Gen. McArthur actually wanted to put troops on ground in Japan in 1945 & there are still some suspicious questions regarding the death of General Patton. That was a bad, bad war for too many people.

Bosco Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

I recall the Carter administration attempting to deal with the IRAN HOSTAGE crisis. Same rhetoric.
The Dems. have never really grasped the know how of what it means to really deal with a crisis.
Dear Jimmy was great with a few well placed words, but when Reagen said you will regret you did this, and let my people go, The Iranians felt the emphasis in those words alone, and they had never dealt with Reagen only Carter. So it goes to show that once you you bluff, you lose your leverage especially in a game of this magnitude. Either you mean it or you don’t. Setting 16 carriers and 3-4 Flat Tops in the region for 1 year might help to soften the REDS for awhile. They have never been known to get the full 360 when it comes to world political policy. They like to push the envelope so to speak often to there own loss.

Max above summed it up pretty well… “””What is there to be said that has not been stated the past 6 months by other articles and commentators. The mainland will invade Taiwan at a time of their own choosing, and this current administration will roll over and play dead, then turn around and blame WHITE racism as the cause for the debacle. The BLAME game will continue until the left are axed.””” and the sooner the better.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Bosco Bill

Miss those Presidents that acted as they stated and didn’t mince their words with flowering rhetoric like the weak ones.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Bosco Bill

Just a few points of information. We only have 11 aircraft carriers in the current U.S. Navy fleet and only one or two carriers in the Pacific at any given time. The rest are on station around the world. Our Navy is spread very thin for the various missions they are tasked to perform. Our lone aircraft carrier battle group stationed in Japan was diverted to support the dismal Afghanistan withdrawal in August. I expect it is currently back on station near Japan by now.

Secondly, our current naval ship count is less than that of China and they are committed to building up their fleet size far faster than we are per DoD reports. Do NOT assume their Navy is either inferior or outdated when compared to ours. Thirty years of stealing our military and industrial IP has allowed China to build carbon copies of every sort of naval ship we have. So China is no push-over from a naval standpoint.

The reason President Xi feels so confident to make thinly veiled threats against us is because they are on par with us. Add in their newer hyper-sonics, that can be fitted with either traditional or nuclear warheads, and other next generation weapons they are bringing on-line and even our senior naval officials argue we cannot guarantee a naval win against China. Aside from the Trump years, the other administrations over the last 30 years have been asleep at the switch when it comes to China. That has real ramifications.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

You are correct about being spread thin. My career spanned from the mid 1970’s to mid 2000. The fleet kept getting smaller and smaller. Crews on those ships also got smaller. Less manpower meant the work to maintain the ships got harder. Usually, there are 2 carrier battle groups (BGs) in the Western Pacific, 1 BG in the Indian ocean and 2 BGs in the Atlantic/Med areas where if the Indian ocean BG needs reinforcing, it comes from either the Pac side or Med side or both depending on the situation. The other carriers are in homeport standing down from a deployment or getting ready for one to relieve one of the BG that are deployed. There is usually one carrier that is in the yards getting refurbished/updated and is not available. In times of trouble, on site BGs can be extended until reinforced by BGs from home and the situation calms down before thigs get back to normal. As to China the Dragon, this administration has its eyes closed purposely for the time being.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

THIGS should be THINGS, LOL>

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

Thanks Max. That certainly lays out how stretched our naval resources are. Too many political missions that have nothing to do with our strategic security interests or those of our allies and too few ships and people to make it all happen. If we were to get into a sustained conflict with a real adversary like China near Taiwan, it is quite evident we wouldn’t be able to last very long. What the Chinese Navy couldn’t accomplish, I would expect 300 to 400 F35 copies from the Chinese Airforce would be able to finish the job by flying in from mainland China. Waiting days or weeks for additional BGs to come to the aid of American ships under active attack is a non-starter in these days where China could use their land based missiles to blanket the Straits if needed. Sadly too few Americans realize how we have let our military advantage slip away.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Taiwan is too close to PRC and 1 battle group is not enough to stop any kind of endeavor by the PRC against Taiwan. The outcome is obvious for PRC vs Taiwan.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

Agreed. Even Taiwan realizes this, which is why they want to get as many weapons from the U.S. and our NATO allies as humanly possible. So far, the Biden administration is slow-walking every single request to buy weapons from the United States. Thankfully for Taiwan, other countries are willing to sell them weapons to partially off-set what we won’t sell them.

Taiwan knows they can’t rely on anyone else to bail them out, because they are only a few hundred miles away from the Chinese mainland. Strategically a meat grinder for any foreign military force standing between China and Taiwan. Taiwan simply wants to bulk up their own defensive and offensive capabilities as much as possible to make any attack on Taiwan from China a very costly experience for the CCP.

Honestly if we really wanted to make China think twice about re-taking Taiwan on Biden’s watch, we should provide them 4 or 5 tactical nukes to make the CCP think twice. That’s about the only thing at this point that would give the Chinese PLA real pause to prevent them from just strolling in one day. Yeah I know, it will never happen under any Democrat administration, but that is about the only deterrent measure that would actually work.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Nukes, nice idea but China is not afraid of high losses in the event of an invasion. They are ready for such losses. For example, the Chinese army tends to take higher losses of manpower during the minor Indian-Chinese border skirmishes all the time. Go back to the Korean war, the Chinese took very high casualties and it did not phase the ruling CCP one bit. From their perspective, it is time to reel in that rebellious province. Since the USA has not officially recognized Taiwan as a sovereign nation, there is nothing truly preventing unification.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

Yes, and China knows it has a population explosion which gnaws at their resources to content the masses. So a good war would trim off some ot the Chinese citizens and at least temporarily reduce the crush of demand on food and other resources that go to the people, not including the ruling class which will always see to its personal welfare first. Communism has two classes of people:the ruling (not “governing” class) and everybody else who are expected to satisfy the ruling class as their main priority….somewhat like the motivation of the US DemocRat party ethos.

Becky
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

A very large number of us know exactly how much the Communist Party has decimated our military response ability.

Jim Jolly
2 months ago

The need to take China seriously is now. The leader of the Chinese Commuist Party does not want to loose power and Biden has not got anyone taking him serious.

BwaHa
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Jolly

Well, they don’t call China Joe “China Joe” for nothing. He’s earned that title. The question re: Biden’s allegiances globally has really been tossed around over the past several months since is “election” at least. But, “China Joe” is going to personally come out ahead in the game in the end. He’ll figure out a way to influence China and sell us out much like he sold us out at our southern border. After all, ol’ slow China Joe does have some pretty tight ties with China, Ukraine and other communist countries throughout the world. He’ll ensure he’s going to make out in the end. Not so, us. IMHO

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!

anna hubert
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Jolly

Time to take China seriously was 70 years ago when American GI Joe was sent to fight nazism in Europe but was not allowed to touch its evil twin communism

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