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White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told the Aspen Security Forum that US policy towards Taiwan remains “unchanged” and Washington is closely monitoring developments on the disputed island nation.
“So, the president said in Japan that our policy hasn’t changed, that we maintain a policy of strategic ambiguity, and we do … As the president himself said, our policy hasn’t changed,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan noted that the US remains wary of elevating any conflict with China to the point where it could “result” in a new Cold War.
“This is how we tried to approach things,” he said. “I believe we have achieved our goals in terms of what we have established, and two days ago is an 18-month point of this administration.
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“I think that in the Pacific, in Europe, in the Middle East, as we look at global competition with China, I think we are well positioned to be able to tackle it effectively.”
Regarding Ukraine, Sulivan noted that when it comes to US support, “our job is to put the Ukrainians on the solid ground possible on the battlefield so that they are in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table. Beyond that. to that, we must go beyond goals; one, to ensure that Putin is hampered in his goal of weakening and dividing the West.
“We believe that our strategic goal is to ensure that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not a strategic success for Putin, that it is a strategic failure for Putin. And that means both that he is denied his goals in Ukraine and that he is denied his goals in Ukraine. that Russia pays a long-term price in terms of elements of its national power. “
On the failed US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, the National Security Advisor noted that almost “a year later, I think the president believes the decision he made was the right decision for the American people and the right decision on how we can position ourselves to be the best and most effective contributor to the global public good in a range of issues involving a wide range of geographic areas. “
Asked about the president’s meeting with the Saudis and the controversy surrounding Jamal Khashoggi, Sullivan said it was immediately raised with the Saudis.
“At the very beginning of the meeting with the crown prince, he raised the issue, both the direct question of Jamal Khashoggi and his brutal and macabre murder as well as the broader question of human rights and let the crown prince know exactly where he was. find America, “Sullivan said.
In a previous session at the Aspen Security Forum, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper acknowledged that the Chinese language that defined One China’s policy spoke of “Chinese on both sides of the strait,” but added that he believes that “One China’s policy has run its course”.
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“Look, those two principles are no longer true,” Esper said. “First of all, the majority of people in Taiwan identify as Taiwanese, not Chinese; and secondly, they have long since given up on any ambition to return to the mainland and claim it.”
“I think beyond that, the other piece of this is clearly that China has violated the unwritten rule, perhaps some would say unwritten – that is, of course, it is incorporated into the Taiwan Relations Act – but they would not use coercion to determine the final status, if you like, of Taiwan, “Esper added, saying China has” raised the bar “against Taiwan to” force “negotiations in its favor.
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Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang earlier this week spoke at the same forum and insisted that U.S. support for the One China policy included a recognition of China’s ownership of Taiwan.
President Biden has repeatedly stressed that the United States can support One China while arguing that Taiwan is not part of China. Sullivan reiterated that when Biden said the US would support Taiwan, the president is not “talking off the cuff” but is effectively stating the policy.