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White House National Security Adviser: Taiwan policy "has not changed" and the United States is concerned about a "new cold war" with China

White House National Security Adviser: Taiwan policy “has not changed” and the United States is concerned about a “new cold war” with China

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White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told the Aspen Security Forum US policy towards Taiwan It remains “unchanged,” and Washington is closely watching developments in the disputed island nation.

“So the president in Japan said 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.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during a press conference at the White House on March 22, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Simansky)

Sullivan noted that the United States remains wary of going up No conflict with China To the point where it could be “drifted” into a new Cold War.

“That’s how we tried to handle things,” he said. “I think we’ve hit our marks in terms of what we’ve set, and two days ago is the 18-month point for this administration.

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“I think that in the Pacific, in Europe, In the Middle EastAs we look at the global competition with China, I think we are in a good position to be able to deal with it effectively.”

Regarding Ukraine, Sullivan noted that when it comes to U.S. support, “Our job is to put the Ukrainians on the strongest possible base on the battlefield so that they are in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table. Furthermore, we have to increase objectives; one, to ensure that thwarting Putin is pursuing his goal of weakening and dividing the West.

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We believe that our strategic goal is to ensure that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not a strategic success for Putin, but a strategic failure for Putin. This means that he is deprived of his goals in Ukraine and that Russia will pay a long-term price in terms of the elements of its national power.”

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks after being sworn in while President Trump looks on in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, July 23, 2019.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks after being sworn in while President Trump looks on in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, July 23, 2019.
(Nicolas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

Regarding the failed US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, the National Security Adviser noted that “about a year later, I think the president feels that the decision he made was the right decision for the American people and the right decision about how we positioned ourselves to be the best and most effective contributor to the common good. across a range of issues that span a range of geographies.”

In response to a question about the president’s meeting with the Saudis and the controversy surrounding it Jamal KhashoggiIt was immediately brought up with the Saudis, Sullivan said.

“At the top of meeting directly with the crown prince, he raised the issue, both the direct issue of Jamal Khashoggi and his brutal and horrific murder, and the broader issue of human rights as well, and let the crown prince know exactly where America is,” Sullivan said.

In an earlier session at the Aspen Security Forum, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper acknowledged that the language of China that defined the one-China policy spoke of “the Chinese on both sides of the Strait,” but added that he believed “One China Policy He finished his course.”

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“Look, these two principles are no longer true,” Esper argued. “First of all, the majority of people in Taiwan know that they are Taiwanese and not Chinese; and second, they have long since given up any ambition to return to and claim the mainland.”

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Chen Gang made a statement at a webinar jointly held by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in the United States to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution on October 13, 2021, in Washington, DC.

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Chen Gang made a statement at a webinar jointly held by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in the United States to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution on October 13, 2021, in Washington, DC.
(Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images)

“I think, moreover, the other part of this is clearly that China was violating the unwritten rules, and some would say the unwritten rule – that is, of course, embodied in the Taiwan Relations Act – but they wouldn’t use coercion to determine the final status, if true Expression, for Taiwan,” Esper added, saying that China “tightened its game” against Taiwan to “force” negotiations in her favour.

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Chinese Ambassador to the US Chen Gang spoke earlier this week at the same forum and insisted that US support for the one-China policy includes recognition of China’s ownership of Taiwan.

President Biden has repeatedly stressed that the United States can support one China while insisting that Taiwan is not part of China. Sullivan reiterated that when Biden said the United States would support Taiwan, the president was not “talking the ball off” but actually declaring policy.

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