Tensions in the Sino-U.S. relationship appear to have eased somewhat following a recent summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Weighing in on the talks, some experts say that the U.S. remains committed to Taiwan’s defense, despite comments from Xi on the issue. A former U.S. army general says it is becoming clearer that the U.S. would commit troops to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. He says Xi has various problems on his hands, and that attacking Taiwan would not be in China’s interest at this time.
Does that deterrent force need to include the help of larger militaries like the U.S., like Japan?
Institute of National Defense and Security Research
Sure. Taiwan enjoys a very important location. If Beijing can occupy Taiwan, it will become a so-called Chinese Hawaii. They can send their submarines from Eastern Taiwan, and such submarines can reach the west coast of the United States, to strike the United States.
Retired US Army general
We become more and more clear that the United States will commit forces to defend Taiwan if China attacks. So, this is on China, and President Xi has many problems other than Taiwan. He’s got a real-estate problem. He’s got a population problem. He’s got other issues to work with, not just Taiwan. So we shouldn’t overreact to this.
CNN reported that the Taiwan Strait issue continues to be a sensitive topic in Sino-U.S. relations. As Taiwan’s next presidential election draws closer, cross-strait tensions will continue to be a key topic in the development of relations between the United States, China, and Taiwan.
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