Chinese expert warns the US on changes to Taiwan policy
A Chinese political commentator warned the Biden administration not to change US policy towards Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), saying it “could have a grave impact on both US-China bilateral relationship, as well as the cross-strait security situation.”
Yilun Zhang, who is a Research Associate at the Institute for China-America Studies based in Washington, DC, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday after President Joe Biden claimed that the United States still abides by the policy of “strategic ambiguity” toward Taiwan.
Biden's comment on Tuesday about continued US “strategic ambiguity” on Chinese Taipei came a day after he made waves by saying in no uncertain terms that the US would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.
Zhang said, “This is not the first time that the Biden administration is sending mixed signals with regard to the issue of Taiwan.”
“In fact, President Biden made a similar comment and said unequivocally that the US is committed to defending Taiwan should China attack last October. The White House, just like this time, clarified that the US will still stick to its One-China policy and maintain its strategic ambiguity. What happened last October and this time were pretty much identical. President Biden makes strong comments and the White House clarifies the statements and puts down any potential speculation. That said, because it is the second time such a thing happens, it is logical to speculate that these confusing signals are part of the US salami-slicing approach to subtly change its position on Taiwan,” he stated.
“The One China Policy, as serious as it may sound, is in fact a rather high ceiling. American policymakers and diplomats may now figure that it is convenient to achieve a lot under this ceiling without actually changing long-time US policies and positions. But it is worth warning that over-focusing on these quick and short achievements will open many dangerous precedents that could have a grave impact on both US-China bilateral relationship, as well as the cross-strait security situation,” the analyst said.
Biden’s remarks reportedly angered Beijing, which has warned the US repeatedly over its increased support for Taiwan. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin on Monday said China deplored Biden’s comments and said the US should refrain from sending the wrong message “to avoid causing grave damage to bilateral relations.”