The United States may have withdrawn from Afghanistan after twenty years of sterile occupation, the Pentagon’s war machine is still ready to step in to rescue the island of Taiwan, the president has warned. Democrat Joe Biden. “Yes, we have a commitment in this direction,” he said during an exchange with voters in Baltimore broadcast by CNN television on Thursday, breaking with the classic policy of the United States called “ambiguity. strategic ”.
Clearly, even if Washington openly sells arms and militarily supports Taiwan, never had a promise of direct intervention in the event of war with China been so explicitly formulated. The latter considers the island territory ruled since 1945 by the “Republic of China”, a regime which fell back there after the Communists’ victory in mainland China in 1949 at the end of the civil war, as an integral part of the country. And fight bitterly to circumscribe the diplomatic perimeter of Taiwan, in particular by putting pressure on the countries which formally recognize the very existence of the island.
Unsurprisingly, Beijing reacted strongly to Joe Biden’s comments on Friday, calling on him not to “interfere” in his “internal affairs”. “On issues related to its fundamental interests, such as its sovereignty and territorial integrity, China will leave no room for compromise,” said Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, before adding: ” We urge the American side to act with caution on the Taiwan issue, and to refrain from sending the wrong signals to Taiwanese independence activists so as not to seriously damage Sino-American relations ”. Joe Biden had already partly removed this “strategic ambiguity” this summer, evoking a “sacred commitment” of the United States to defend the NATO allies in Canada and in Europe, and “the same with Japan, South Korea. South, and Taiwan ”.
If the White House has done everything to limit the scope of Joe Biden’s remarks, ensuring in particular that the policy of the United States had “not changed”, no one is fooled, as the message comes at a time when China multiplies the military operations denounced as intimidation by Taiwan and its allies. Considered a “rebel province”, the island had admitted in 1992 the principle of “one China”, without clarifying its interpretation of the term. Tensions have increased in recent years, and current Chinese President Xi Jinping recently reaffirmed that Taiwan’s reunification with mainland China was “inevitable”, while US strategists believe an invasion of the island is very likely. by the end of the decade.