Biden's Taiwan policy is reckless

If the US administration continues on this path, it will increase the odds of a catastrophic war which Americans may not support

Guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn transiting the Taiwan Strait. To go to Taiwan’s aid, US forces would need to cover huge distances, and China has built an arsenal of advanced anti-ship missiles designed to make such a rescue mission hideously costly. PHOTO: REUTERS

(NYTIMES) - Media coverage of US President Joe Biden's foreign policy tends to focus on his efforts to withdraw from Afghanistan, get tough on Russia and negotiate with Iran. But none of those may prove as consequential as Mr Biden's quiet, incremental moves to establish official relations with Taiwan. Because only his policy towards Taiwan is meaningfully increasing the risk of world war.

He's doing so by undoing a diplomatic fiction that for more than 40 years has served the United States, Taiwan and the world exceptionally well. In 1978, when the US established diplomatic relations with Beijing, it agreed to pretend that there was only "one China".

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