Strategic clarity on Taiwan will paint the US into a corner

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Christopher McCallion

“When President Biden stated for the third time in the course of his administration that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if the island were attacked by China, his staff were forced (again) to walk back the president’s remark and claim that U.S. policy had not changed. But during the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore over the weekend, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin seemed to reaffirm Biden’s announcement …. With an ironic degree of ‘ambiguity,’ therefore, the Biden administration is nonetheless creeping towards an official policy of ‘strategic clarity,’ with potentially catastrophic consequences.” (06/14/22)