What the US Must Do to Avoid China’s Invasion of Taiwan

(RightWing.org) – To say that the world’s governments and how they view the situation involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC/mainland), the Republic of China (ROC/Taiwan), and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are complex is akin to saying a nuclear reactor is just a big set of AAA batteries.

President Joe Biden’s continually shifting goalposts when it comes to Israel’s war against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s terrorist proxies in the Middle East should give anyone a pause when it comes to how he would deal with problems in the South China Sea. With tensions ramping up in the region, experts are giving their input on how the United States can best honor its agreements with this David versus its Goliath. Others are expressing their opinions on whether or not this administration will even make the effort.

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Time Magazine sent a reporter to the White House to interview Biden. When the topic turned to Taiwan, POTUS said he advised Chinese President Xi Jinping that America would not seek full independence for what the Communist nation views as a province in rebellion. However, he added (if in an awkward backhanded way) “nor will we, in fact, not defend [the ROC] if China unilaterally tries to change the status.”

In the event of an actual invasion by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and its Navy (PLAN), the best that Biden would give for the United States meeting its treaty obligations with Taiwan is that he is “not ruling out” the use of America’s military.

Matthew Pottinger, a Deputy National Security Advisor to former President Donald Trump, said there are things that can be done to deter China, but only if done now, before any shots are fired. Pottinger appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and opined that the time to start munitions buildup is at hand so that any defenders could offer sustained battle if it became necessary.

Joseph Bosco is an expert in the region dating back to his work in the State Department under President George W. Bush and he believes that Biden must make it clear to Xi that even something less than a full-scale invasion such as a blockade of Taiwan would mean war with the United States. He must set a so-called “red line” with China and not redraw it as was his wont to do when he was former President Barack Obama’s VP.

The PRC has upped its rhetoric and threats against Taiwan including recent maneuvers that entirely surrounded the island nation after the country recently elected President Lai Ching-te who strongly advocates for independence from the mainland. Add to that reports that Xi fears that Trump could win back the White House in November and it’s possible that the PLA and the PLAN could be sent in sooner rather than later.

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