In May 2001, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote in the Washington Post about U.S. policy toward China and Taiwan. The column chastised the new president, George W. Bush, for saying the U.S. would do “whatever it took” to defend Taiwan. It noted that the U.S. had no explicit obligation to defend Taiwan but had helped maintain peace for decades through “strategic ambiguity”: provide Taiwan military support, encourage peaceful resolution, do not support either side’s changing the status quo by force.
That senator is now the president. Much else has changed since 2001, when Senator Biden’s comments …
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