As China grows stronger and bolder, Washington must end its decades-long policy of strategic ambiguity if America’s integrated deterrence is to have any hope of success. Without adequate hard power, no measure of diplomacy or economic statecraft will convince China not to attack a democratic Taiwan. Merely acknowledging the China threat is no longer good enough. The United States needs to stand up to a rival such as China.
If the Biden administration is serious about gaining competitive advantage against China, it must strengthen ties with one of the most economically liberal and democratic nations in the region: Taiwan. Building a more robust and diversified relationship with Taiwan is reflective of the broader U.S. approach to the Asia-Pacific. This relationship also advances many of America’s economic and security interests in the region.
The U.S. and Taiwan share such common values as freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law and a market-based economy. The U.S. must remain fully and firmly committed to the Taiwan Relations Act and the “six assurances.”
As a dynamic and longtime U.S. ally devoted to regional peace and stability, Taiwan is a true partner with whom we share great mutual economic and political interests. The people of Taiwan have built a prosperous, free and orderly society with strong institutions worthy of emulation and envy. A robust relationship and close cooperation is a vital American interest. Therefore, the bargaining away of U.S.support for Taiwan is no way to strengthen America’s regional leadership.
Advisory Commissioner, Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan) in the United States
Potomac Falls, Va.