It is easy to criticize or make fun of a government official, but observing the ongoing missteps of President Joe Biden can bring one up short.
The legally dubious COVID vaccine mandate, the debacle of the Afghanistan withdrawal and the Department of Justice threats against school board critics are among serious issues surrounding the Biden administration. And it’s sobering to watch these bad decisions against the background of a growing world threat — China.
As tensions grow between China and Taiwan, Biden had a phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The president told reporters on Tuesday that he was assured Bejing would abide by the status quo “Taiwan agreement,” according to Reuters.
“Biden appeared to be referring to Washington’s long-standing policy under which it officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, and the Taiwan Relations Act, which makes clear that the U.S. decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing instead of Taiwan rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means,” the outlet said.
The call came amid increasing saber-rattling by China, which has considered forcing Taiwan, an island 100 miles off its coast, to reunite with the mainland.
Since Friday, nearly 150 Chinese air force planes have entered the Taiwanese defense zone, according to Reuters. Both the U.S. and Taiwan have condemned the actions.
And China recently added 11 new amphibious ships and is in the process of designating all China-flagged ships equipped for military service.
That would be moving toward the projected thousands of ships required to invade Taiwan, according to Ian Easton, a Project 2049 Institute analyst.
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China will be able to make a full invasion of Taiwan by 2025, according to Taiwan’s defense minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng, who described Bejing-Taipei relations as the worst they’ve been in 40 years, Reuters said.
Against the background of Chinese threats, Biden told reporters on Tuesday, “I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree — we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement, that’s where we are. And we made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding