Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday claimed that China is looking to take Taiwan “on a much faster timeline” and accused Beijing of wanting to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
Blinken didn’t provide evidence for the claim but insisted that there’s “been a change in the approach from Beijing toward Taiwan in recent years.”
There has been an increase in China’s military activity around Taiwan, but that came in direct response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other members of Congress visiting the island.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated on Sunday Beijing’s policy of seeking “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan but not ruling the use of force as an option. Xi warned against “outside interference” over the issue, and other Chinese officials have explicitly warned that more US support for Taipei’s “independence forces” could lead to war.
While Blinken accused China of changing its approach to Taiwan, it’s clear that the US has changed its policy toward the island in recent years and now views Taipei as an opportunity to counter Beijing. Last year, Raymond Greene, who was serving as the deputy director of the US de facto embassy in Taiwan at the time, explained how the US approach had changed.
“The United States no longer sees Taiwan as a ‘problem’ in our relations with China, we see it as an opportunity to advance our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Greene said.
Another significant change has been the rhetoric coming from President Biden, who has said that the US would defend Taiwan if it’s attacked by China, breaking from the decades-old policy of strategic ambiguity. Congress is also working on legislation that would give Taiwan $10 billion in military aid, assistance that Beijing will view as a major provocation.
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“Blinken Claims China Wants to Take Taiwan On a ‘Much Faster Timeline’ Blinken’s comments come as the Senate is looking to give Taiwan billions in military aid”
The One China policy the US has subscribed to since President Nixon was in office makes Taiwan part of China. That narrative doesn’t work when the American NEOCONs want war at any price worldwide!
Our top diplomat pushing for more war. He’s like Trump’s press secretaries. His title is inappropriate.
He is such a whiny little weasel too. You first, sir, is what should be said to him.
The little pissant is most certainly not a diplomat. He was simply dropped on his head too often as a child, possibly dragged by his feet over cement too often for walks.
Judging by his pronouncements on world affairs, there appears to have been substantial damage.
China doesn’t want war, Taiwan doesn’t want war, but WE want war! As soon as possible! The MIC always needs a new war!
Don’t say, ‘we’ unless you are with the Wash. psychopaths.
It’s just sarcasm.
OK, then Wash. can start WWIII on a ‘faster timeline’.
What will they do, with all that free time?….
Does any of this sound like mixed messaging?…
When it comes to war, the money flows seamlessly…
Personally, I like strategic ambiguity, it sounds easily treatable and should not interfere with anyones sex life…
$$$ Ten Billion dollars in military aid? We should just buy Taiwan and make it a US territory…
I’ve just checked my schedule and I simply cannot fit a war in right now….
The Taiwan Strait is a gay club, right?
And a ‘Klondike Bar’ is a Lesbian club in Alaska?
I will share that with my sister who is gay, she’ll get a good laugh out of that… 🙂
“I know what I am talking about” – Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Wasn’t that in response to a question about fart jokes?
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