Thursday, April 11

Joe Biden insists again that the US would fight on the side of Taiwan if China invades that country


The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has affirmed that “the pandemic is over”

US President Joe Biden.AP

The president of United States, Joe Biden, has stated that “the pandemic is over”. In an interview on the television program ’60 Minutes’, Biden has stated on two occasions that the coronavirus pandemic Covid-19 it no longer exists, although it has acknowledged that “we have a problem” with the virus and that “we are still working hard” on that problem. In the US hundreds of people still die every day from Covid-19partly due to the low vaccination rate in that country, where only 68% of the population is fully vaccinated compared to 86% in, for example, Spain.

At the interview, Biden has once again said that if China invades TaiwanThe United States will send soldiers to defend that country. It is the third time that it has done so, in what constitutes a radical change in US policy towards Taiwan, which is based on the ‘strategic ambiguity’ that happened, precisely, for not specifying if the US would send troops to defend Taiwan from a hypothetical situation. invasion of China On the other two occasions, the White House declared that the claims of Biden they were not a break from the ‘strategic ambiguity’ doctrine.

The affirmation of Biden It is not trivial, for several reasons. One is the date, since it arrives on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly, the most important diplomatic event in the world, which is being held this week in New York, with speeches by the Heads of State and Government of practically all the passes of the earth. Another, because, in the ukrainian war, Biden has always insisted that the US not send soldiers to that country, although it maintains a “steep” commitment to the defense of NATO allies in the event that Russia attack them. The big difference, however, is that between the United States and Taiwan there is no binding international treaty, as is the case with the Atlantic Charter on which NATO is based, and which establishes that an attack against a member is against the United States. everyone, something that was made clear in the 9/11 attacks, when the Alliance offered help to the US. So, as long as there is no treaty between Washington and Taipei, the ambiguity will persist, although the political commitment of Biden it seems very firm.

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The United States does not recognize Taiwan’s independence, and officially supports the “one China” idea, which in practice constitutes an implicit endorsement of Beijing’s position. However, Washington opposes a unification by force. And it is unthinkable that Taiwan, a democracy of 23 million people, is going to accede to the union with China, a dictatorship of 1,400 million. All that twisted diplomatic position – support for unification, but without it being carried out violently, which is the only way it can take place – is the basis of strategic ambiguity.

In 2021, the United States admitted that it has several dozen soldiers in Taiwan for at least a year. These are soldiers from the Marine Corps specialized in amphibious warfare and Special Forces, who officially carry out training tasks. Washington kept several thousand troops in Taiwan for decades, but began withdrawing them after 1972, when it reestablished diplomatic relations with China.

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