June 27, 2022
Biden pledges to stand by Asia on freedom and critiques China on Taiwan
President Joe Biden told Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday the United States would stand with them in defending freedom of the seas and democracy and called China's actions toward Taiwan "coercive" and a threat to peace and stability.Speaking at a virtual East Asia Summit attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Biden said Washington would start…

President Joe Biden stated Wednesday that the United States would support the defense of freedom of the seas, democracy and freedom. He called China ‘s actions towards Taiwan “coercive”, and a threat for peace and stability.

Speaking at a virtual East Asia Summit attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Biden said Washington would start talks with partners in the Indo-Pacific about developing a regional economic framework, something critics say his regional strategy has lacked.

Southeast Asia has become a strategic battleground between the United States and China, which controls most of the South China Sea, and Beijing has turned up military and political pressure on fiercely democratic Taiwan, a self-ruled island Beijing considers its own. Biden stated that the United States has a “rock-solid commitment” to Taiwan. Biden stated that the United States was deeply concerned about China’s coercive actions and threatened regional peace. “

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Li Keqiang told the summit, which brought together leaders of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with regional partners, that upholding peace, stability, freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea was in everyone’s interest. He said that the South China Sea was our common home.

Biden last week said the United States, which is obliged by a 1979 law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, would come to Taiwan’s defense if it was attacked by China. These comments created a stir as they seemed to contradict a long-held U.S. policy that “strategic uncertainty” about how Washington would react to such an event.

The White House stated that Biden was not indicating a shift in U.S. policies toward Taiwan. Some analysts dismissed his remarks as a slap on the face.

Tensions between Taiwan and China have escalated in recent weeks as Beijing has staged repeated air missions over the Taiwan Strait, the waterway separating the island and the mainland.

China expressed dismay at Biden’s remarks last week and asked Washington to “not send the wrong signals” to the forces for Taiwan independence. This is to prevent serious harm to Sino-U.S. relations and peace and stability within the Taiwan Strait. “

Biden joined Southeast Asian leaders in rebuking the junta in Myanmar, where a military coup in February ousted democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“In Myanmar, we must address the tragedy caused by the military coup which is increasingly undermining regional stability,” he said, calling for the release of political prisoners and a return to democracy. After the exclusion of Myanmar’s top general for refusing to consider peace proposals,

ASEAN opened three days worth of summits without a representative from Myanmar.

Biden also said he would speak out for “human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet (and) the rights of the people of Hong Kong.” China denies rights abuses in its outlying regions of Xinjiang and Tibet and in the former British colony of Hong Kong.

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