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

Posted on Thursday, November 4, 2021
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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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Jim Jolly
Jim Jolly
2 years 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.

Max
Max
2 years 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
PaulE
2 years 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.

Solomon
Solomon
2 years 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!

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
2 years 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.

Jeffrey T.
Jeffrey T.
2 years 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

Hal
Hal
2 years 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.

TXPatriotGal
TXPatriotGal
2 years 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.

Bill on the Hill
Bill on the Hill
2 years 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… :~)

Becky
Becky
2 years 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.

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

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

johnh
johnh
2 years 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.

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
2 years ago

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

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