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President Biden’s relatively unclear policy toward Taiwanese sovereignty complicates the relationship between the U.S., Taiwan and China, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera said Thursday.
Rivera said Biden doesn’t seem to know what the U.S.’ official policy is toward China in this way, noting earlier this year Biden disclosed – then walked-back – an assertion that American military intervention would commence if Beijing invaded the nearby island.
In his May 24 clarification – which was not the first time the president offered assertions on the issue – Biden said the U.S. has a policy of “strategic ambiguity” toward the situation.
“Since the 1970s; since the Nixon-Kissinger days, we’ve had a policy of One China: There’s the Chinese government in Beijing, and Taiwan is part of China. Now, what we’ve said is we have strategic ambiguity,” Rivera added.
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Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.
“We’ve hinted very strongly that if China were to try to take Taiwan by force, the United States would intervene. But now I don’t know what our policy is, and that’s what the problem is that that leads to confusion: and confusion leads to peril.”
Rivera said he is no fan of the Chinese Communist regime, while adding that “picking a fight” over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., purported plans to visit Taipei, “that I don’t even know is real” is not the wisest tact.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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The “Five” host cited comparisons to then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and then-top Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan traveling to Taiwan in 1997.
He noted that delegation also irked the Chinese government – but contrasted the “much more powerful China of 2022.”
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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.
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“She has an absolute right to go but she needs to understand the consequences,” he said.
“We have the USS Ronald Reagan there right now – the big carrier strike group: 50 ships, 27,000 sailors and marines. The United States is not wimping out.”
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Host Sean Hannity remarked in response that he trusts the nation’s top military general, Gen. Mark A. Milley, much more than “General Joe” [Biden] in this regard.
Pelosi has not formally announced any official trip.
Charles Creitz is a reporter for Fox News Digital.