Xi Jinping’s Taiwan ‘Reunification’ Remark Sparks U.S. Concerns of Weakness

Xi Jinping’s Remarks at APEC Summit

Recent reports unveiled Chinese President Xi Jinping’s comments made to President Biden during the APEC Summit in San Francisco, where Xi indicated China’s intention to ‘reunify’ with Taiwan in the near future.

Though the timing remains unspecified, Xi expressed a preference for a ‘peaceful’ takeover rather than using force, as shared by three U.S. officials.

Concerns from Top Lawmakers

Prominent lawmakers voiced their concerns about the perceived ‘weakness’ projected by the U.S. following Xi’s revelations.

Senator Lindsey Graham condemned the report as ‘beyond unnerving,’ emphasizing the need for robust defense aid to Taiwan and advocating for pre-invasion sanctions on China to deter any aggressive actions toward Taiwan.

Reactions and Expressions of Alarm

Rep. Mike Waltz echoed similar concerns, highlighting the urgency to address what he sees as detrimental ‘weakness’ projected by the Biden administration.

His statements underscored fears about the implications of the reported conversation between Xi and Biden, stressing that such perceived weakness might lead to catastrophic outcomes.

Biden-Xi Summit and White House Response

The mid-November meeting between Biden and Xi aimed to de-escalate mounting tensions between the U.S. and China.

While the White House downplayed the report on Xi’s remarks, National Security Council coordinator John Kirby refrained from providing specifics of the private conversation.

Kirby reiterated Xi’s public stance on reunification but emphasized Biden’s commitment to the One China policy, rejecting any change in Taiwan’s status quo unilaterally or through force.

The One China Policy and U.S. Stance

The U.S. policy recognizes a single Chinese government and does not support Taiwan’s independence.

Yet, the Taiwan Relations Act underscores America’s commitment to aiding Taiwan’s defense, selling arms to support its security, and preventing any unilateral change in Taiwan’s status quo through force.

Conclusion

The reported exchange between Xi and Biden has drawn significant attention, leading to concerns among lawmakers about the U.S.’s projected stance on Taiwan and potential implications for global relations.

The Biden administration maintains its adherence to the One China policy while ensuring support for Taiwan’s defense and stability.

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