Biden is Obama pick for VP and the presumably a future Obama administration’s foreign policy heavyweight.
Back in 2001 he said
taipeitimes.com/News/front/a … /12/102583
[quote]During that trip, Biden said the Taiwan Relations Act remained the key document governing America’s commitments to Taiwan – remarks widely seen as an attempt to counter a promise by US President George W. Bush that America would do “whatever it took” to defend the country.
Biden in his speech argued for the retention of what he called the "studied ambiguity’’ of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, whereby the US would remain ambiguous on whether it would help Taiwan repel a Chinese attack.
That act, he said, told Taiwan “you are no longer an independent country. You are no longer an independent nation-state. We’ve agreed that you are going to be part of China and that you will work it out.”[/quote]
Hmm, kind of arrogant to tell Taiwan that “we” (the US and China presumably) have agreed you will be part of China. It’s also a rather odd interpretation of the TRA. If you read the link, Carter would have vetoed the TRA if he hadn’t been advised that his veto would be overridden. In fact he expected the PRC to absorb the Taiwan when he switched recognition. The TRA was a way to keep US relations with Taiwan going and allow the US to sell Taiwan arms. From a US perspective, Taiwan is still a state.
Michael Turton has this scary quote
michaelturton.blogspot.com/2008/ … aiwan.html
So much for strategic ambiguity, he’s flat out telling the world that America won’t fight a war over Taiwan.