Saturday, November 27

Biden: We do not encourage Taiwan independence and we will not be intimidated in the South China Sea

US President Joe Biden announced that his administration’s policy on Taiwan has not changed, and that the United States does not encourage the island’s independence, stressing that his country cannot be intimidated in the South China Sea.

Biden said – in statements he made last night to reporters in New Hampshire, a day after the virtual summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping – that “Taiwan is the one who decides, not us. We do not encourage independence, we encourage them to do what is required by law.” relations with Taiwan carefully.”

The US President’s assertion that his country does not call for Taiwan’s independence from China comes after a statement he made shortly after the virtual meeting with his Chinese counterpart, which included a hint that the island is independent from China.

And the “Taiwan Relations Act,” which Biden confirmed his administration’s commitment to, is a legislation enacted by the US Congress in 1979 that governs the relationship between the United States and both China and Taiwan.

The law requires the US administration to recognize only one China, and at the same time provide Taiwan with the weapons needed to defend itself.

China considers Taiwan – with a population of about 23 million people – an inalienable part of its territory, and has pledged to re-annex it one day and by force if necessary.

Biden described his meeting with President Xi as good, noting that they agreed to launch joint action on a wide range of issues.

On another topic, the US President said that US Navy ships will never enter Chinese territorial waters, but at the same time will continue to adhere to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, adding, “We will not be intimidated.”

In addition to the situation in the South China Sea, which is witnessing conflicts between China and neighboring countries, relations between Washington and Beijing are experiencing tensions due to other issues, including the growing military power of China, human rights, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the origin of the Corona virus.

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In this context, The Washington Post reported that the administration of President Joe Biden will impose a “diplomatic boycott” of the Winter Olympics scheduled for next February in China, in protest of human rights violations in this country.

The newspaper quoted unnamed sources that the White House will soon announce that the Beijing Winter Olympics will not be attended by President Biden or any other US government official, as part of a “diplomatic boycott” that will allow the United States to object to the violations against Uighur Muslims in China, and at the same time will enable Himself American athletes to participate in the Games.

She explained that the US President is expected to agree by the end of November on this option, which was officially recommended by his advisers.

In response to a question about the possibility of the United States boycotting the Winter Olympics in China, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday that this issue was not raised by Biden with his Chinese counterpart Xi during their virtual summit yesterday evening.

On the other hand, members of the US Congress welcomed the possible boycott of the Winter Olympics in China, and while Republican Senator Mitt Romney expressed his hope that the US government would send a strong message to the Chinese Communist Party without punishing American athletes, his colleague in the same party described Senator Jim Risch boycotted it as “the right choice.”

In May, Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called for a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics hosted by China, in a situation that provoked an angry reaction from Beijing.

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