Biden administration’s high-profile support for Taiwan U.S. experts: weakening the one-China policy alliance to counterbalance

The Biden administration has been in office for more than 100 days since February, and as the outside world thought that Biden would go back to the Obama-era “one-China policy,” the results have stumped experts. The Biden administration’s hard-line approach to Beijing was unexpected, and some critics questioned the “recklessness and danger” of doing so, but experts believe that the main thing that has shaken and weakened the foundation of the “one-China policy” is the Chinese Communist Party. The U.S. must defend itself and unite with more allied forces to counter the serious threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party, and Taiwan is part of those forces.

According to the Voice of America, even Robert Sutter, a professor at the University of Washington who was in charge of Chinese intelligence research for the U.S. government, is surprised by the high profile support for Taiwan by top Biden administration officials in the past 100 days or so in the areas of national security, diplomacy and economics.

In a recent video roundtable discussion at George Washington University analyzing Biden’s policy toward Taiwan, Professor Sutter noted his observation that the Biden administration has taken a different course than the U.S. government has taken in the past to avoid provoking discontent from Beijing, and that he believes the entire “one-China policy “The reason for the change is that the Chinese Communist Party is increasingly expanding its hegemonic influence, which threatens to erode U.S. power, so the United States needs to maintain the status quo with strong policies.

In response to Voice of America’s report that some commentators have suggested that the Biden administration’s public support for Taiwan is reckless and dangerous, and would shake up the U.S. “one-China policy” and spur the risk of war in the Taiwan Strait, Sutter analyzed that the U.S. government and the Chinese Communist Party are in fierce competition in all areas, including Taiwan. In his view, this does not mean recklessness, but rather how to defend oneself against the serious threat of the other side.

Sutter noted that he sees a weakening of the entire One-China policy, and that the past strict interpretation of the policy is naturally outdated.

Therefore, Sutter suggested that the U.S. government should avoid formal changes to its Taiwan Strait policy and instead be more flexible and broad in its interpretation of the One-China policy to stabilize and strengthen relations with Taiwan.

In the video roundtable, Derek Grossman, another senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation, analyzed the U.S. from a military perspective, saying that the U.S. support for Taiwan’s security is evident from actions such as Defense Secretary Austin and Deputy Secretary Hicks demonstrating the importance they attach to Taiwan Strait security, to U.S. warships crossing the Taiwan Strait four times, which shows that the Biden administration’s support for Taiwan’s security is sort of ” Words and actions are consistent.

Grossman believes that although the Trump administration has sold arms to Taiwan as many as 11 times during his term, including the sale of 66 F-16V fighter jets, this traditional weapon is actually not very helpful to Taiwan’s defense capabilities in reality, because the war in the Taiwan Strait is mainly based on amphibious operations, these warplanes can not be useful in wartime.

Grossman said what Taiwan needs is asymmetric combat capabilities, and he believes that the content of the Biden administration’s arms sales to Taiwan will reveal the direction of U.S. policy in assisting Taiwan to improve its self-defense capabilities.

The Voice of America also reported that in September last year, David Stilwell, the Trump administration’s assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs, emphasized that Washington’s “one-China policy” is different from Beijing’s “one-China principle. principle.

Last month, Biden administration State Department spokesman Ned Price said of the visit of U.S. Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland to Palau that Taiwan is an important economic and security partner of the United States, which is why the United States continues to engage with Taiwan under its long-standing “One China” policy. This is why the U.S. continues to engage with Taiwan under its long-standing “One China” policy, and to create opportunities for senior officials from both sides to visit each other in Washington and Taipei.