Biden Flip-Flops on Support for Taiwan's Independence

Biden Flip-Flops on Support for Taiwan's Independence

The world watches the United States' every move.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
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August 2, 2022

Just two years ago, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden (D) showed support for the independence of Taiwan, an island in which Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims as its territory, but asserts the government of Taiwan does not. He stated in a tweet, “Taiwan’s thriving democracy and response to COVID-19 are an example to the world. America’s support for Taiwan must remain strong, principled, and bipartisan.” That was May of 2020.

Now, just two years later, he’s changing his tune.

John Kirby, currently the Pentagon Press Secretary for the Biden administration, stated that “we do not support Taiwan independence.”

Similar to Israel or South Korea fighting for their own independence in an area surrounded by hostile governments, the United States, historically, has supported their cause for freedom. It has been the status quo. America’s support for democracy and freedom can be traced all the way back to WWII and beyond. Now it appears that the U.S. is going against the status quo. Despite what Kirby said, two years ago, Joe Biden stated that he supported Taiwan independence.

Former governor of Florida and now Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), supporting his colleague in the Senate, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on this issue, was included in her recent press release regarding her bill known as the Taiwan Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act.

“It is in the best interest of America’s national security to arm Taiwan and ensure it has the capacity to defend itself. The Taiwanese government is one of our most important partners in the Indo-Pacific, a shining example of democracy next door to Xi's tyranny, and a supporter of its like-minded neighbors in the face of threats from the Chinese Communist Party. I’m proud to join my colleagues on this good bill to strengthen Taiwanese forces and again show that we refuse to bow to Xi Jinping’s hostile threats," stated Sen. Scott.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is currently on a trip throughout Asia that will include a stop in Taiwan.

Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a junior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE), and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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