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Rebecca Grant: Biden's Taiwan options – 5 crucial steps to deter China

Rebecca Grant: Biden's Taiwan options – 5 crucial steps to deter China

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Like Afghanistan, President Joe Biden could let Taiwan go. On Saturday Oct. 9, China’s President Xi Jinping said reunification with Taiwan “must happen and will happen.” 

No, no, no.  Taiwan has to be recognized as an independent country. Otherwise, we may as well give China control of the Pacific. 

It’s been a tough month with China and Taiwan. The 150 Chinese combat planes flew into Taiwanese airspace over the past 4 days. There were also “gorilla packages”, which consisted of 38 aircraft that simulate an attack in wartime. 

It is not a mistake that the U.S. has been involved.  The Wall Street Journal and Politico reported that small groups of U.S. Marines and Special Operations Forces were training in Taiwan on Oct. 7.  “See whether the PLA will launch a targeted airstrike to eliminate those US invaders,” snarled China’s state-run Global Times.

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While the Marines stationed in Taiwan make a great start, the increasing militarization by China indicates that there are risks to war in the Pacific. 

This puts America in an awkward position.  Wargames run by the U.S. military show it’s almost impossible to stop a mass amphibious invasion by China, unless American forces and allies are already on scene. This is also worth considering.  After Biden lost Afghanistan, it wouldn’t surprise me if China is thinking about a swift air attack or just landing troops at the airport and declaring Taiwan is reunified with China. 

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President Biden can’t waste the chance to deter China and prevent a fight in the Pacific.  These are the five most important steps. 

1. Add more Marines, Army and Air Force personnel for training with Taiwan’s forces. The best method to stop China is for the US military force to be rotated through Taiwan.  In Europe, it worked.  Two effects of Tripwire forces are that they help Taiwanese and other allies respond quicker and raise the price for starting war.  Xi Jinping doesn’t want to run over U.S. Marines to take Taipei in a coup. That’s deterrence.  China is a country with zero combat experience. Therefore, U.S. moves to deter China must be unmistakable and clear.

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2. Recognize Taiwan. The U.S. Congressmen called for Taiwan’s full recognition on October 6. Four U.S. Congressmen demanded full recognition for Taiwan.  They are right.  Taiwan has 23 million people and the world’s 21st largest economy but Taiwan was dumped out of the United Nations to favor China back in the 1970s.  Global Times teasingly stated that “no major power will dare to openly recognize Taiwan’s independence as a sovereign state”.  Here’s a golden opportunity for Biden to regain some international respect.  China should be told to ignore Taiwan, and he ought to recognize Taiwan. 

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3. Increase arms sales. Taiwan is buying new F-16V fighter planes, Abrams tanks, MQ-9 Reaper surveillance and attack drones, and of course, Patriot air defense missiles.  Taiwan also wants the highly-sophisticated F-35s.  Trump has approved sales. Biden continues them. But manufacturing takes time.  Taiwan won’t get all the planes until 2026.  Taiwan needs to move up the ranks.

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4. Call out China’s reckless nuclear build-up. China has the potential to triple or double its arsenal of nuclear weapons.  It is amazing.  According to Adm. Charles Richard Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, China also builds new fast-breeder reactor nuclear power stations that can produce oodles weapons-grade plutonium. 

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China only had a limited nuclear missile force in the Cold War. The buildup of such a large and dangerous weapon is alarming.  Biden needs to call China to international attention, particularly since China is refusing to take part in the control of nuclear weapons. 

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5. The U.S. Pacific forces must be freed from the appeasement policies that handcuff them. Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser to China told Jake Sullivan that America values “responsible competitors” and open lines of communication on Oct. 6. 

The Team Biden language is just too weak.  Administration officials also relied on the military commanders to refrain from provoking the Chinese and downplay routine force maneuvers.  This does not build deterrence.  The power of words is everything.  A clear, forceful position is essential for Team Biden. 

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China will be furious at any Biden action.  China will be furious at any American action.  One angry regime. 

The time is short to stop China from threatening America and protect America. 

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