As the world begins to focus on the current conflict between China and Taiwan, U.S. President Joe Biden has spoken on America’s diplomatic position in this situation. Over the last few months, China has increased its military presence around Taiwan and mounted political pressure due to the fact that the Chinese government believes Taiwan is theirs, rather than being the independent state that it currently stands as politically and functionally. Whenever a superpower in our world appears to be pending on a war with a smaller nation, the countries with political ties to the aforementioned parties are put in a place where they have to respond to a situation that they did not have anything to do with at its instigation. In line with this tendency, a few days ago Joe Biden was put in this position at a CNN town hall where he was asked a multitude of questions about where the United States stands regarding this issue. Upon questioning, Joe Biden stated that if Taiwan needed protection, America would be there to help. This falls in line with the Taiwan Relations Act, an act of the United States Congress founded in the 70s which lays clear the United States’ commitment to protecting the sovereignty of the Taiwanese people. This act states that America is required by law to provide Taiwan with whatever resources they require to protect themselves, but it is not laid clear in the act that the United States would assist Taiwan in terms of direct military involvement. However, later on in Biden’s presentation, he also stated that the U.S. would not make any policy changes to their relations with Taiwan or the Chinese. It is difficult to see through all of the political red tape that is being used in this conflict, but the results of the United States expressing their interest in protecting Taiwan could be drastic, as China and the United States are two of the biggest military forces in the world.
Later on, China responded to Biden’s statement with displeasure, China urged the United States “not to send the wrong signals to the forces of Taiwan independence, to avoid seriously harming Sino-U.S. ties and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” It appears as if China is willing to go great lengths to obtain control over Taiwan, and involvement from the United States is a presence that would make it much more difficult for them to accomplish this. However, with different government officials contradicting and denying Biden’s stance, such as a Taiwan expert in the German Marshall Fund of the United States stating Biden’s remark of being committed to Taiwan is “patently not true,” it is difficult to perceive America’s clear direction in this matter. However, it appears as if the United States lack of clarity on this matter may be more of a strategy than plain disorganization. If the United States was to lay a clear course of action for the world to see, one of the parties involved would be disappointed. Sometimes, it is better for diplomatic proceedings to occur as real world events unfold, rather than trapping yourself with the words of yesterday.
It is important that the United States publicize their protection of Taiwan and other weaker nations around the planet. Military strength is not equal across all nations and countries can take advantage of that for their own benefit, resulting in the loss of millions of innocent lives. It is paramount for world peace that countries like the United States use their military for good, by protecting the sovereignty of weaker nations and disenfranchised populations. The news of this week revolving around Biden’s statement can have a massive impact on world peace because two of the nations in question are some of the most powerful military forces mankind has ever known, and if they were to be unleashed against each other at full capacity, unimaginable casualties would occur. It is our responsibility to write on these matters in promotion of non violent resolution, and it is the responsibility of the superpowers of our world to use their bountiful militaristic and diplomatic strength for good and the protection of world peace as a whole.
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