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Biden gives support for Taiwan in national security guidance

ROC Central News Agency

03/04/2021 02:04 PM

Washington and Taipei, March 3 (CNA) U.S. President Joe Biden issued an interim guidance on Wednesday outlining his national security priorities, which include the country's continued support for Taiwan.

"We will support Taiwan, a leading democracy and a critical economic and security partner, in line with longstanding American commitments," Biden wrote in his 23-page Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, which also calls out an increasingly assertive and authoritarian China.

In the document, Biden wrote that the most effective way for the U.S. to out-compete China in the long-term is to invest in its people, economy and democracy.

He outlined his desire to re-engage with his country's diplomatic allies to "strengthen our enduring advantages and allow us to prevail in strategic competition with China or any other nation."

"By bolstering and defending our unparalleled network of allies and partners, and by making smart defense investments, we will also deter Chinese aggression and counter-threats to our collective security, prosperity and democratic way of life," Biden wrote.

In many areas, he continued, China's leaders seek unfair advantages, behave aggressively and coercively, and undermine the rules and values at the heart of an open and stable international system.

"When the Chinese government's behavior directly threatens our interests and values, we will answer Beijing's challenge," Biden wrote, noting that the U.S. will confront unfair and illegal trade practices, cyber theft and coercive economic practices that hurt American workers.

The strategic guidance also outlines a wide array of issues the Biden administration hopes to tackle, including the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, threats from climate change and the increased use of emerging technologies and cyberattacks by foreign adversaries to target the U.S.

In response, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that it will continue to work with the Biden administration to further strengthen the Taiwan-U.S. partnership, based on the long-term bilateral friendship.

The Biden administration's national security guidance was released on the same day that Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave his first major address in office, during which he stressed the wide array of threats poised to the nation.

Blinken also echoed Biden's desire to stand up to China.

"Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be and adversarial when it must be. The common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength," he said.

Although several countries such as Russia, Iran and North Korea also present the U.S. with serious challenges, Blinken said the challenges posed by China are different.

"China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to seriously challenge the stability and open international system -- all the rules, values and relationships that make the world work the way we want it to, because it ultimately serves the interests and reflects the values of the American people," he added.

His 30-minute delivery also mentioned the need for the U.S. to re-engage with its allies and international organizations in order to pursue its core interests.

"Where we have pulled back, China has filled in," Blinken said.

"Standing up for our values when human rights are abused in Xinjiang or when democracy is trampled in Hong Kong is necessary, because if we don't, China will act with even greater impunity," he added.

(By Stacy Hsu, Chiang Chin-yeh, Emerson Lim and Ko Lin)


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