White House national security adviser: Taiwan policy ‘unchanged’, US wary of ‘new cold war’ with China

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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told the Aspen Security Forum that US policy on Taiwan remains “unchanged” and that Washington is closely watching developments in the disputed island nation.

“So the president told Japan that our policy has not changed, that we maintain a policy of strategic ambiguity and we do that…as the president himself said, our policy has not changed. “Sullivan said.

Sullivan noted that the United States remains cautious about escalating any conflict with China to a point where it could eventually “drift” into a new Cold War.

“That’s how we tried to approach it,” he said. “I believe we’ve achieved our goals in terms of what we set out, and two days ago, 18 months ago of this administration. I think in the Pacific, in Europe, in the Middle East, so as we look at the global competition with China, I think we are well positioned to be able to deal with it effectively.”

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Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang spoke earlier this week at the same forum and insisted that American support for the one-China policy includes a recognition of China’s ownership over Taiwan.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In a previous session at the Aspen Security Forum, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper acknowledged that the Chinese language that spelled out the one-China policy spoke of “Chinese on both sides of the strait”, but he added that he believed “the one China policy had worked”. his courses.”

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“Look, those two principles are no longer true,” Esper explained. “First, the majority of Taiwanese identify as Taiwanese, not Chinese; and second, they have long since given up any ambition to return to the mainland and claim it.”

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang makes a statement during an online symposium jointly hosted by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in the United States to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, on October 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang makes a statement during an online symposium jointly hosted by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in the United States to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, on October 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.
(Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images)

“I think on top of that, the other element is clearly that China has violated the unwritten rule, maybe some would say unwritten – that is, of course, it’s enshrined in the Taiwan Relations Act – but they wouldn’t use coercion to determine the final status, if you will, of Taiwan,” he added, saying China had “stepped up its game” against Taiwan to “constrain” the negotiations in its favour.

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President Biden has repeatedly stressed that the United States can support one China while asserting that Taiwan is not part of China. Sullivan reiterated that when Biden said the United States would support Taiwan, the president is “not speaking off the cuff,” but is indeed stating his policy.

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