Is Taiwan the Biden Administrations Wakeup Call?

Before the Biden administration took office, its rhetoric towards China has been all sweetness and light. Well, it appears no matter their intentions, the administration is forced to play hardball with the Communist country.

Tensions started to climb after Chinese and US officials verbally clashed at a joint trade conference held last month. It must have come as a shock to Biden officials as they were expecting the Chinese to be warm and welcoming after a hardball Trump administration.

“Chinese Navy Missile Frigate 548 Yiyang at Mayport” by AL904 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

From the moment Biden took office, the Chinese have constantly raised tensions over Taiwan, flying larger and larger incursions into Taiwan’s airspace, and violating the Island nation’s territorial waters. 

In an escalation this week, the Chinese Navy’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (based on a Russian design) and her escorts, sailed around the island on “routine drills”. “The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group entered the South China Sea on April 4 to conduct routine operations, its second such visit this year, amid stepped up U.S.-China tensions,” Reuters reported.

The Chinese said their increased naval activity was to; “enhance its capability to safeguard national sovereignty, safety and development interests.” “Similar exercises will be conducted on a regular basis in the future.”

As Chinese warplanes surrounded Taiwan, a Chinese weapons magazine posted a rather sadistic comment, “The exercise showed that the PLA is capable of surrounding the island of Taiwan, isolating its troops and leaving them nowhere to run and no chance to win if circumstances arise. Attacking from all directions makes the enemy difficult to defend since they have no idea where the main forces could come from.”

“US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS John C Stennis” by Defence Images is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

In a response to the increased Chinese military activity, the US has issued new guidelines to “deepen Relations With Taiwan,” the Epoch Times reported. “These new guidelines liberalize guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

The aim of the bill was “to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship,” Price said.

The Epoch times also added:

“The White House on Friday said it was keeping a close watch on increased Chinese military activities in the Taiwan Strait, and called Beijing’s recent actions potentially destabilizing.”

“Beijing on Thursday blamed the United States for tensions after a U.S. warship sailed close to Taiwan.”