According to the geopolitical expert, in an attempt to bring Taiwan closer to China, China portrays the United States as a weak power that you can not hope for. They are citing, for example, the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban.
As Rodger Baker, vice president of strategic analysis at Stratfor, noted, China’s latest military exercises near Taiwan came as Chinese state media tried to accuse the United States of being a “weak and unreliable force” for Afghanistan.
The Chinese Communist Party says Taiwan is a renegade province that needs to be returned to land. The United States has no official diplomatic commitment with Taiwan. However, the US is the island’s most important arms supplier and international supporter.
According to the Chinese state media, China believes that the U.S. is also to blame for the defeat of the Afghan government due to the withdrawal of forces. A published publication suggests that the U.S. will not protect Taiwan. In fact, if Beijing invades the island, Taiwan will also suffer the fate of Afghanistan.
The Chinese Communist system has never ruled Taiwan. However, Beijing has stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan in recent months.
U.S interests in Taiwan
A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said that Afghanistan and Taiwan are two very different political issues. For example, the U.S. went to Afghanistan to deal with terrorists, while its policy in Taiwan mainly focuses on maintaining peace.
Only a 160 km wide strait separates Taiwan and China.
According to the speaker, their interest is to establish stability in Taiwan. It is the mainstay of security in the region.
According to Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Zheng Chang, Taiwan is not threatened by the fate of Afghanistan. The country will not suffer in the same way. It called on foreign forces to refrain from invading to avoid disappointment in the end.
As for the U.S. and Taiwan, they have not signed a formal defense agreement, which means that Washington has no legal obligation to help Taiwan in the event of an attack on the island.
Under the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. has obligations to supply Taiwan with weapons of defensive nature. They must also help maintain stability in the Pacific.
The statement issued by the Joe Biden administration is ambiguous, so it is still unknown what America will do if China invades Taiwan.