Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
May 23, 2022

White House Rejects President's Foreign Policy

U.S. President Joe Biden apparently pursues different foreign policies than the White House.

October 23 2021:

'Strategic Ambiguity' on Taiwan Apparent as White House Walks Back Biden Comments

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday appeared to walk back President Joe Biden's statement on Thursday that the United States was committed to defending Taiwan should it come under Chinese attack.

"The president was not announcing any change in our policy, nor has he made a decision to change our policy," Psaki said during a White House news briefing. "Our defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act."

The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act states that the U.S. will provide arms for Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability. It does not say the U.S. would intervene militarily to protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.

Psaki's statement stands in contradiction to Biden's comment at a CNN town hall Thursday night. When asked if the U.S. would come to the defense of Taiwan, Biden said, "Yes, we have a commitment to do that."

November 17 2021:

Biden Struggles to Stick to the Script on Taiwan

Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is habit—or so the saying goes.

Amid escalating tensions with China, U.S. President Joe Biden has misspoken about U.S. policy toward the self-governed island of Taiwan at least four times since August, fueling speculation as to whether the president is subtly trying to signal an evolving U.S. policy toward Taiwan or just fumbling the details.

March 27 2022:

Biden’s Putin remark, White House walk-back faces scrutiny

President Biden’s remark that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” reverberated throughout Washington on Sunday, with some current and former officials and lawmakers scrutinizing the reported ad-lib while others slammed the White House for its subsequent walk-back.

Biden turned heads on Saturday when, at the end of a speech in Warsaw, Poland, he said, “for God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

The White House quickly tried to walk back the comment, claiming that Biden was referring to Putin exercising power outside of Russia, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirmed that the U.S. has no plans for regime change in Moscow.

May 23 2022:

US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China, says Joe Biden

Joe Biden has said the US would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it came under attack from China – a statement that is likely to enrage Beijing as concern grows over Chinese military activity in the region.

Speaking in Tokyo on the second day of his visit to Japan, Biden said the US’s responsibility to protect the self-ruled island – which China considers a renegade province – was “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in one of the most forceful statements in support of Taiwan in decades.

Amichai Stein @AmichaiStein1 - 6:32 UTC · May 23, 2022
White House official: Biden’s statement that the US would get involved militarily to defend Taiwan is NOT a departure from long-standing US policy of strategic ambiguity
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Amichai Stein @AmichaiStein1 - 6:01 UTC · May 23, 2022
#BREAKING: President Biden says would be willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan from China aggression

They urgently need to shut up that warmongering idiot.

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Posted by: jared | May 23 2022 12:16 utc | 35

NY Yella Cake -100: Such an event as this murder demands just retribution

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 16:47 utc | 101

Really the US has become disfunctional - it is hard to understand who is making policy and what that policy is. It is nominally led by semi conscious man speaking in tongues. But it speaks with many voices. Those whom the gods would destroy...
Posted by: jared | May 23 2022 12:43 utc | 38

It is run by para-national Money Power cabal which needs to reset into an entirely new system to effect which a collapse of the 'old normal' is required. Won't take much longer now. Best if before 2024 election which, if they get their way may no longer be necessary. War in Taiwan would pretty much do the trick along with food shortages and riots. Gonna be a hot summer in US!

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 16:47 utc | 102

B, this is your weakest piece. The US has always pursued an ambiguous policy regarding Taiwan/China. It's more a warning of "fuck around and find out"

Posted by: ScottinDallas | May 23 2022 13:45 utc | 53

My Asian Studies professor in the 1970's (after China's UN seat change) was a a former diplomat and exiled in America from the communist mainland. He was surprisingly objective about the Mao regime.

The US official "One China" policy from that time had the condition that the people of Taiwan must support it. Meaning it would never happen.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | May 23 2022 16:47 utc | 103

Posted by: what the hack | May 23 2022 15:08 utc | 75

Wonder which of my enemies here is posting under this pseudonym. Nah. Who gives a shit? Morons gotta moron.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 16:48 utc | 104

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 23 2022 13:36 utc | 52

Hey, now, the 7-Years War was none too shabby "world war" either!

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 16:52 utc | 105

DutchZ @84--

Thanks for your reply. Yes, the reality that Brussels/EU could be cast adrift seems to have finally entered into their heads. I'll be keen to see how far Davos goes in trying to rectify the situation as the genuine reality of Geoeconomic dependence on Russia's energy and markets has collapsed the rhetorical wall.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 16:57 utc | 106

Posted by: Marcus Hsu | May 23 2022 15:27 utc | 82

Unification was the trajectory of Moon admin, arguably with Cheeto neglectful blessings. I expected the party to get away with it, too, given another term despite US "secondary sanctions" strangling ROK economy. Alas, Yoon under the radar. I really should have expected the conservative pendulum overshoot.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 17:06 utc | 107

I wonder when the situation will be covered in the Western Press?

Posted by: SwissArmyMan | May 23 2022 13:47 utc | 54

Around the time there are abortion riots in the US - or maybe Black stuff again - and petrol riots in UK and similar in Germany maybe. And even they'll only mention it in passing.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 17:07 utc | 108

Also, the election wasn't stolen so, many of you only show your delusion and ties to junk news. Too many of you loose your tethering to facts and reality, and drift into your own groundless fantasies.

Posted by: ScottinDallas | May 23 2022 13:48 utc | 55

Phrase 'pot calling kettle black' for some reason leaps into mind...

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 17:09 utc | 109

In today's news more money is being thrown at what's seen as another problem--The Arctic Threat. Now, the Outlaw US Empire only has three military icebreakers plus three civilian research vessels of which only one can truly be called an ice breaker on par with Russia's ice breaking fleet. It also has no bases on the Arctic Ocean. It appears the Outlaw US Empire will depend on Canadian ice breakers instead of its own. But crucially Canada doesn't have any military bases on the Arctic Ocean either. So, refitting the airbase at Thule doesn't really do anything to enhance NATO's presence in the Arctic to challenge Russia or China.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 17:21 utc | 110

Also, the election wasn't stolen so, many of you only show your delusion and ties to junk news. Too many of you loose your tethering to facts and reality, and drift into your own groundless fantasies.

Posted by: ScottinDallas | May 23 2022 13:48 utc | 55

The recent documentary 2000 Mules provides evidence that it was stolen and shows exactly how it was done.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | May 23 2022 17:29 utc | 111

All that useless back-and-forth warship sailing in far away China's back yard has had a deleterious effect on US Navy sailors.
. . .from NBC News
Navy desertions have more than doubled amid suicide concerns, as sailors feel trapped by contracts . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 17:43 utc | 112

I'm amazed on how little people know (assuming they're not trolls; or "glowies" as the younger people calls them) about this issue.   As many here already pointed out, the legitimacy of mainland China's claim to Taiwan is irrelevant because...CIVIL WAR.   I challenge anyone here to prove otherwise.   The winner takes all.   If you don't want to recognize the legitimacy of one "team" then that's your call.   It's hypocritical of the US to say everyone else have the right to secession when they won't allow it for themselves (re: 1861).   But then again, politics is really the Art of Hypocrisy in my humble opinion.

In any case, it's clear who won China's civil war.   Placing PLA troops onto Taiwan is really a formality to the end of their civil war.   The ruling elites in Taiwan really have to be Zelensky-insane (plausible given what's happening in the West) to aid The Empire.   They probably have million dollar mansions waiting somewhere in California or Japan.

When the Ukrainian conflict winds down, you can bet your pension that the Taiwan issue will crop up in a big way.   My guess is in 2024 when Biden is slated to run again.   It'll be the Republicans raising the issue.

Posted by: Ian2 | May 23 2022 17:45 utc | 113

The original inhabitants were the Canaanites.

Posted by: Figleaf23 | May 23 2022 16:08 utc | 90

Yes, but the god of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims ordered them all exterminated, remember? What a guy!

Posted by: malenkov | May 23 2022 17:46 utc | 114

I'm not so sure about the dementia. Biden has always been a deeply stupid man.

Posted by: ian | May 23 2022 16:30 utc | 95

Dementia, stupidity, and downright meanness. Triple threat!

Posted by: malenkov | May 23 2022 17:48 utc | 115

Posted by: Ian2 | May 23 2022 17:45 utc | 113

the US is still pissed off that the side it backed to run China lost. Chiang Kai Shek lost, looted the Chinese Treasure, and took over Taiwan. somehow neither he nor his us puppetmasters cared about the opinions of the inhabitants.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 23 2022 17:50 utc | 116

2 bowls of shit ran, and one lost. that's how it works. i don't gaf which one won, they are both illegitimate and they are both catastrophes, so what does it matter?

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 23 2022 17:54 utc | 117

Who lost China?
. . .from TeachingAmericanHistory
The American Blame Game

The loss of China blame game endured into the 1960s, for three primary reasons. First, China was viewed as capable of projecting its power and influence throughout Asia, doubling the communist threat already posed by the Soviet Union. Second, Senator Joseph McCarthy heightened fears of Communist China in his demagogic campaign against Americans he accused of collaborating with Communist powers. Third, in part because of McCarthy and the movement— McCarthyism—he spawned, the communist fate of China proved an effective theme for other politicians. . .here

And so it continues, with China-haters often referring to that country not as People's Republic of China (PRC) but as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 18:08 utc | 118

pretzelattack @117--

The truth is both Generals Stillwell and Marshall saw The Kuomintang as a criminal organization with Chaing as the Mafia-like Don and advised first FDR then Truman that no money be given to that faction of China as it would just be stolen. All that's documented by Gabriel Kolko in his Politics of War. The answer to who lost China is simply Chaing lost it since he and his pals were crooks first and foremost, not Chinese Patriots--those were the Communists.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 18:16 utc | 119

The ROC army is merely a cadre of professional soldiers, dependent upon the callup of conscripts when the army is needed. The conscripts' four months of military service in Taiwan have been divided into five weeks of basic training and 11 weeks of specialized training at a military branch training which is usually near where recruits live. Recently that has been changed so that the eleven weeks are in a tactical unit "familiarizing themselves with combat operations and field conditions."

From an article in the SCMP: Taiwan must fight stigma of military service if it's to fend off invasion - Many young people on the island lack enthusiasm for military service - Taiwan’s active-duty military has shrunk to 165,000 from 275,000 three years ago . .here
The Taiwan government's lackadaisical attitude is due to several factors, including the belief that the US will save their bacon

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 18:18 utc | 120

Posted by: Ian2 | May 23 2022 17:45 utc | 113

It's going to take some ILM level special effects and 'deepfake' technology for Biden to run again in 2024. The dude's brain is fried and there's absolutely no way he will be in shape to run a traditional campaign. My prediction at this juncture is Buttygig vs. Tom neoContton. Kopmala has completely disappeared.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 23 2022 18:18 utc | 121

On yet another policy front we have the upcoming Davos Creditor Gala. UK-based NGO Oxfam in its latest presentation asks the Davos Anti-Humans a curious question given their well-known status:

"Oxfam called on the wealthy and powerful individuals gathering this week in Switzerland to choose whether they wanted to be 'proxies for the billionaire class who plunder their economies' or act in the interest of humankind."

Hard to know why Oxfam asked that question given the many centuries long history of that cabal who only care about themselves. Indeed, Oxfam's tried for decades to shame Davos participants but to no avail, and Oxfam won't budge those Parasites an inch this time either.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 18:30 utc | 122

The more USA/NATO produces threats everyday is the more some believe in your self proclaimed military superiority. I even believe that when Russia frees the entire Eastern Ukraine, the shit will still flow.

In 1979, USA and many other most countries around the world agreed to the one China policy. What is that? The recognition that Taiwan was a part of China. Everytime America rips up international laws, change agreed policies, bribes and bully's make some think that you are all powerful.

America, instructed by their financial masters have waged a financial sanctions war against Russia, in which Russia has come out on top. The price the west will pay will soon be very noticeable.

All your ignorant, aggressive moves were not made by military people that understand what happens to mighty USA, but the financial masters. That is why, repeatedly you say that you will not enter a war with Russia or that gen milley told the Chinese, previously under some hero Trump not to worry.

I believe that these two countries just allow you to boast and brag, after all you are just a warmongering arm of your real bosses. I think that they see through you and know that you will self implode.

The minute you either attack Russia or China, you will be soundly defeated.

Posted by: Karl luck | May 23 2022 18:50 utc | 123

"The answer to who lost China is simply Chaing lost it since he and his pals were crooks first and foremost, not Chinese Patriots--those were the Communists."

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 18:16 utc | 119

Thanks for that obscure, and little known historical FACT....

Posted by: vetinLA | May 23 2022 18:52 utc | 124

On Domestic Policy, I provided a Howler Alert to an item I linked saying Outlaw US Empire GDP was going to eclipse that of China's for 2022, and now in stark contrast to that Bloomberg article we have this one:

"JPMorgan issues US ‘wealth shock’ warning: US household wealth has fallen by at least $5 trillion so far this year amid an intense market selloff, according to a JPMorgan Chase note seen by Bloomberg. The losses could amount to $9 trillion by year-end, it estimated.

"According to the report, US billionaires are the biggest losers in the market rout, with their collective wealth having crashed almost $800 billion since its peak in November."

Uh-oh!! the Donor Class is losing its ill-gotten monies. Has the seemingly never-ending Greenspan Bubble finally deflating?! And what does our all-knowing Fed ask:

"The US Federal Reserve, which is struggling with the highest inflation in decades, needs Americans to curb their spending, despite the risk of an economic slowdown.' [My Emphasis]

Gee, with the amount real inflation has risen, we Americans can't curb our spending as we pay 25% more for the same products we did just 6 months ago. The economic tsunami that's on its way will be many times worse than the one that devastated the Outlaw US Empire's economy from 1978-1982.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 18:59 utc | 125

If we accept the idea of a right to self-determination, which I assume most people here do, Taiwan hasn't been a KMT dictatorship in nearly thirty years. It has had elections since 1996, and the KMT doesn't run the country anymore; the DPP does. Modern Taiwan does have its origins in the losing side of a civil war, but has since steered its own course.

Posted by: Ben | May 23 2022 19:08 utc | 126

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 18:16 utc | 119

I'm not sure of the exact dates, but somewhere around the same time Ho Chi Minh contacted the US with a view of a mutual alliance. The US, of course, turned him down, not sure if they even responded. they were happy enough to use him when he was fighting the Japanese during the war, though.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 23 2022 19:10 utc | 127

Posted by: DutchZ | May 23 2022 14:11 utc | 64

Taiwan chips... So all China needs to do is blockade air and seas, not invade. Siege war East and West separates central and Eastern Eurasia from Atlantia Inc western Europe to effect desired geo-economic siege to precipitate engineered collapse.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 19:13 utc | 128

The CCP dictatorship has no legitimate claim on the island unless the majority of the people living there wish to be ruled by them.

Posted by: Observer | 3

Yes it does. Taiwan was taken away from China exactly the same way Alsace-Lorraine was taken away from France. And France finally took it back without you having anything to say about it, do you ?

But don't worry too much. China is waiting patiently since almost 80 years now without engaging in any aggressive act. Only some stupid headless chickens in Washington may accelerate the process and they're the ones Taiwanese population will have to blame if not satisfied.

Posted by: xiao pignouf | May 23 2022 19:14 utc | 129

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 14:57 utc | 73

Elected politicians are glorified Secretaries, ergo mid-level...

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 19:16 utc | 130

The US now has an alliance with Vietnam, the same communist government that (justifiably) killed 54,000 US troops. That's because Vietnam is an enemy of China, or so the US thought.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 19:22 utc | 131

Ben | May 23 2022 19:08 utc | 126:

It doesn't matter what changes Taiwan underwent. The "right to self-determination" also applies to the other "team" as well; the right to remain an intact nation.

Posted by: Ian2 | May 23 2022 19:23 utc | 132

The economic tsunami that's on its way will be many times worse than the one that devastated the Outlaw US Empire's economy from 1978-1982.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 18:59 utc | 125

We're probably going to be in 1930s territory soon...

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 19:25 utc | 133

@ Ben | May 23 2022 19:08 utc | 126

I'm very sympathetic to the fact that Taiwan struggled to liberate itself from the Chiang Kai-Shek gang and make a representative democracy of itself -- no thanks to the USA -- that puts the kakistocracy of the USA to shame. I further have no desire to see the Chinese civil war go hot again; in addition to considerable loss of life, this wouldn't be to the advantage of either side.

Therefore it seems to me that Taiwan would be best advised to reject US belligerency and seek a rapprochement with the PRC. This doesn't have to mean reunification in the foreseeable future.

Posted by: malenkov | May 23 2022 19:28 utc | 134

Tom_Q_Collins | May 23 2022 18:18 utc | 121:

The POTUS haven't mattered for some time. You just need someone to keep the chair warm in the Oval Office to rubber stamp whatever comes across the desk. Speaking of Heels High Harris, that old witch is quietly making noises. I'm curious to see how much pull she still have should she decide to run again.

Posted by: Ian2 | May 23 2022 19:33 utc | 135

Abraham Lincoln
As president of the United States, Lincoln used his First and Second Inaugural Addresses to explore the meaning of the American union in the face of a divided country. Upon assuming the presidency for the first time, he spoke at length about the nature of union, why secession was antithetical to self-government, and how the federal constitution imposed a duty upon him to defend the union of the states from rebellious citizens. When he was reelected four years later, and as the Civil War drew to a close, Lincoln transcended both Northern triumphalism and Southern defiance by offering a providential reading of the war and emancipation in hopes of reuniting the country. . here

from the Constitution of the People's Republic of China. . .
> The People’s Republic of China is a socialist state under the people’s democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.
>The socialist system is the basic system of the People’s Republic of China. Disruption of the socialist system by any organization or individual is prohibited.
>The National People’s Congress and the local people’s congresses at various levels are the organs through which the people exercise state power.
>The people administer State affairs and manage economic and cultural undertakings and social affairs through various channels and in various ways in accordance with the provisions of law. here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 19:35 utc | 136

Posted by: bevin | May 23 2022 14:11 utc | 63

Proof for your statement that "[a]lmost all elections in the USA are in one way or another stolen" is provided by a scene in Daniel Ellsberg's book Secrets, where he recounts a meeting in Saigon which he attended between his boss General Lansdale and Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge about how to conduct an election in South Vietnam:

Lodge continued with arresting statements: “You’ve got a gentleman in the White House right now [LBJ] who has spent most of his life rigging elections. I’ve spent most of my life rigging elections. I spent nine whole months rigging a Republican Convention to choose Ike as a candidate rather than Bob Taft. If that was bad ...

Lodge, a long-time Republican Senator from Massachusetts and later Eisenhower's Ambassador to the United Nations, was considered a highly respectable elder statesman. And the Democrats were (and are) more notorious for stealing elections than the Democrats.

Posted by: lysias | May 23 2022 19:38 utc | 137

US politicians continually proclaim the voting = democracy, so of course we know that the opposite must be true, and in fact it is. Elections are just for show which is why I don't participate in them.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 19:43 utc | 138

Posted by: Ben | May 23 2022 19:08 utc | 126

Hey! That's what all the former-confederates states of US America still say while they roll logs in Congress to collect cash money and whether or not the, ahem, the fed respects their sovereign, 10th amendment rights.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 19:46 utc | 139

or so the US thought.
Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 19:22 utc | 131


Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 19:50 utc | 140

I think the affairs of mainland China and Taiwan are family affairs, and the rest of us can only watch.

That said, it would be nice if all Chinese agreed upon using the same dictionary.

Posted by: Passerby | May 23 2022 19:53 utc | 141

America's salami slicing tactic in dealing with the One-China Policy ambiguity is nothing new. It started blatantly in 1992, during Ole Bush years, when the US sold F-16s to Taiwan, in blatant violation of the Sino-US promises of phasing out weapon trade with Taiwan, and in clear violation of not supplying offensive type weaponry. But 1992 is when China was less than 1/10th of US economy and military capabilities. It complained, spoke harshly, but duely tugged it's tails between the legs. Since then, weapons sold to Taiwan have become a standard 'middle finger' used to humiliate China with, along with made-up fables of human right violations in Xinjiang/Tibet etc. etc. Insofar as these tactics are for PR purposes and didn't really amount to material impact on China's industrial/econ development, China kept mum and tolerated the clownish acts.

But times have changed. Thirty years later after F-16s ruled the straits air space for a brief period, China is now at least equal if not exceeded US military capability, let alone the contest in question being 300 kilometers from Chinese coast and 4,500 kilometers from nearest soverign US military bases in Guam. If war breaks out, US will find itself busy clearing out bases in SKorea/Japan/Ryukyu/Thailand/Singapore/Guam before these become targets of pulverization under the purviews of the Beidu systems and China's supersonic missiles. Military involvements? Yeah right! Military pullout bigtime is the involvement!!!

But regardless of what Biden has to say, or the ones who succeed him later have to say, in Asia's neighborhood of 3,000kilometers circumventing China, Empire's tail is now firmly tugged between the legs. Any wiggling of the tail while between he legs will be purely for theatrical purposes, and for domestic market PR comsumptions only.

China hasn't done a damn thing in support of Russia during the Ukraine War up until now, yet the Empire (and its cronies) has/have bitched about China's implied support to Russia being the prime reason western sanctions failed to roil Russia. Imagine the west (even including their tag-alongs in South/Southeastern Asia) poking China directly 300 kilometers from China's coast, on a piece f real estate China has claim ownership for over a thousand years. Brace for some REAL firework show to light up the skies in a wide radiant quarter circle 1,000 kilometers westward from the Taiwan Straits towards the International Dateline.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | May 23 2022 19:55 utc | 143

#--Posted by: Parisian Guy | May 23 2022 15:36 utc | 86

No pre with Biden any longer. That's why they hide him so much. I feel sorry for him , like I did with my mother-in-law, when her family's denial, almost made her starve to death. It's abuse, IMHO

Posted by: Anne B | May 23 2022 20:05 utc | 144

#---Posted by: ian | May 23 2022 16:30 utc | 95

It plain obvious to me- Like it was obvious the last one was a narcissist, and the one before, an eloquent reader of the teleprompter.

I was born the year Kennedy was elected- we got our first TV just in time to watch his assassination, so I've been around for a while in human terms.

Posted by: Anne B | May 23 2022 20:13 utc | 145

@ Oriental Voice 143
China hasn't done a damn thing in support of Russia during the Ukraine War
Russia and China share concerns about Asia-Pacific, not Europe. Their Joint Statement includes "The sides stand against the formation of closed bloc structures and opposing camps in the Asia-Pacific region.". .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 20:19 utc | 146

pretzelattack @127--

That was in 1919 at the Versailles Conference when Ho asked Wilson to honor his 14 Points. The OSS in 1945 determined that the Viet Minh were the effective power within what was French Indochina. The policy of the newly installed Truman Fascists was complete rehabilitation of the old regime complete with Fascists and collaborators--everywhere--and it continues today.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 20:23 utc | 147

Oriental Voice @143--

Come on. You know better than that. China has indeed supported Russia politically and materially.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 20:26 utc | 148

"The West" no longer has a system which promotes the best to leadership. Its a sign of the sort of arrogance that causes empires to fall. When a nation, company, team, etc is up and coming, they work hard to put the best people into the key positions as a part of their striving to succeed. But, when the nation, company, team, etc gets on top, it becomes less of a driving importance that the best people get the top jobs. And there are of course many other reasons to give a top job to someone else, family, friendship, political support, they've eliminated your enemy for you, profit from kickbacks, etc, etc etc.

So, as the nation climbs to the top in power, it no longer puts forward an effort to put the best people into the top jobs. And then of course, the sort of people who get the jobs without being the best see the smart and talented people as a threat, so they get pushed aside. This continues down the organization. Promotions are not given to the best and the brightest, but instead for all sorts of other reasons. And the people who get these promotions see the best and the brightest as a threat to both their position and future promotions.

The end result is what you see in America today. A complete lack of talent in top positions across the board. And no real signs of talent 'coming up through the farm system', as the system itself has become not only incapable of training talent but has become hostile to the existence of talent. This is as true in private business as it is in the oligarch's governing regime. What strikes me about the whole Holmes/Theranos fraud is that all of these 'top' business people not only could not spot the fraud before investing, but no longer have organizations beneath them than can perform such an elementary business task.

Posted by: PT Barnum | May 23 2022 20:28 utc | 149

The aboriginal Taiwanese, who speak Austronesian languages, are only about 2 percent of the population. The overwhelming majority of Taiwan's population is made up of Han Chinese, who came in two waves: (1) from late Ming to Qing times (from Fujian and Guangdong provinces, speaking the dialects of those provinces); and (2) from the last years of the Chinese Civil War (from all over mainland China, mainly speaking Mandarin).

Posted by: Lysias | May 23 2022 20:33 utc | 150

The aboriginal Taiwanese, who speak Austronesian languages, are only about 2 percent of the population. The overwhelming majority of Taiwan's population is made up of Han Chinese, who came in two waves: (1) from late Ming to Qing times (from Fujian and Guangdong provinces, speaking the dialects of those provinces); and (2) from the last years of the Chinese Civil War (from all over mainland China, mainly speaking Mandarin).

Posted by: Lysias | May 23 2022 20:33 utc | 151

Supporting Taiwan against China is one of the rare instances of the US using its military for good. The CCP dictatorship has no legitimate claim on the island unless the majority of the people living there wish to be ruled by them. So far, there's no sign of that. Unsurprisingly.

Posted by: Observer

How wonderfully amusing. My children say some pretty ignorant and foolish things at times, but they are easily educated. Others, presumably adults, say the darndest things from hand delivered, scripted for them, delusional ignorance, and will never get over it.

Knowing that I can't undo years of indoctrinated ignorance-based hatred of others in a few short moments I won't trouble myself. The US has the comic opera called 'freedom of religion' only to paper over the complete absence of freedom of thought or freedom of economic choices or governance. That way the historically murderous X-tian cartel keeps control of enough fearful rabble through trotting out their iron age sun gods to maintain control. Glad those ideas maintain your presence in the club.

Posted by: Berndt Braincell | May 23 2022 20:36 utc | 152

@PT Barnum 149
. . .So, as the nation climbs to the top in power, it no longer puts forward an effort to put the best people into the top jobs
Yes, excellent. I'm reminded of Obama's appearance over at Foggy Bottom (State) just after he took office in 2009. "And I'm giving you my best, Hillary Clinton. . ." Or IOW she won't be in the Senate any longer to harass me, she'll be out in Timbuctu somewhere. So that took us to failures in Syria, Libya and many other places. Hillary got a big kick out of belittling other governments, but did nothing positive, a fact not mentioned when she ran for president.

PS: in 1875, P.T. Barnum was elected mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut and served the one year term in effect in the 19th century. . .term limits!

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 20:46 utc | 153

President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would intervene militarily if China attempts to take Taiwan by force…

Hahaha, but, but, but

“In appearance it [American imperialism] is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe that it is nothing but a paper tiger.” – Mao Zedong, 1956

“I said all allegedly powerful reactionaries are merely paper tigers. The reason is that they are divorced from the people.” – Mao Zedong, 1957

Posted by: d dan | May 23 2022 20:50 utc | 154

Barbara Tuchman's excellent history "Stilwell and the American Experience in China" provides an excellent history of China from the last emperor to WW2, and shines a fascinating light on Chang Kai Sheck and his corrupt family and the Koumintang's one-party authoritarian state that was eventually forced by the anger of the Chinese people to run to hide on Taiwan. Gen Stilwell was FDR's appointment to run the 'China front' in WW2 against the Japanese, a thoroughly hopeless job to give a good officer.

Posted by: PT Barnum | May 23 2022 20:51 utc | 155

This is all part of the plan. Biden gets to play the part of the guy who just 'speaks from the heart, saying what everyone knows to be true' while having the rest of the administration walk it back. It is all to give the impression, through guile and artifice, that there is no guile and artifice. As Grouch Marx said "sincerity is everything, if you can fake that, you've got it made".
Amazing that anyone is dumb enough to fall for it.

Posted by: ian | May 23 2022 21:02 utc | 156

From that Guardian article: … a statement that is likely to enrage Beijing …

I have been noticing literally for decades that the MSM seems to have a thing for using the word "enrage" or "rage" when it comes to writing about reactions from the PRC government. Maybe they use it with other countries, but it doesn't seem like it. Chinese officials are never just concerned or have objections, etc. They are always "enraged." It just jumps out at me from these stories.

It's like they want people in the "West" to conjure up a picture of some Fu Manchu-like figure, screaming in rage, throwing things, rending his garments, etc. In rage.

Just a trivial observation I guess. I could be totally wrong.

Posted by: Prairie Bear | May 23 2022 21:12 utc | 157

@Observer #3

It's CPC (Commumist Party of China) or CCP if you're a dick.

Posted by: fnord | May 23 2022 21:22 utc | 158

@BM #13

When haven't the elite selected the president?

Posted by: fnord | May 23 2022 21:27 utc | 159

I think the problem with the 2016 election of Trump is that a lot of the elite did not approve of the choice.

Posted by: Lysias | May 23 2022 21:29 utc | 160

@ Prairie Bear 157
Chinese officials are never just concerned or have objections, etc. They are always "enraged."
My experience has been that when a Chinese disagrees, he will politely smile and move on. A raging Chinese is as rare as an honest politician, I would say.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 21:35 utc | 161

Posted by: Marcus Hsu | May 23 2022 15:27 utc | 82

Thanks for your perspective. Going by your last name its good to have a perspective from a Taiwanese.

Posted by: LuRenJia | May 23 2022 15:39 utc | 87

Keep you panties on bro. Our "feel" on the street is heavily influenced by who you talk to and where you do the talking.

Like in Hong Kong, the rabidly pro-US crowd are dominated by foreign returnee and those who have had a few years of western education. They have only seen the appealing and idealistic side of the western "democracy" but have not "lived it" long enough to realize or experienced its idiosyncrazies. In other words they're just naive.

They are then supported by the even more naive and brainwashed who were brought up watching superhero movies from Hollywood and think "west is best". Everyone is beautiful, every war is just and their cause is always righteous! The movies told me so!

And given we're talking on an english forum and indeed a world with its media dominated by the English language, its only natural the pro-US view will dominate.

There are a LOT of us who know which side of the bread is buttered but are afraid to talk about it in public because the pro-US crowd are openly hostile and at least in HK, have violently attacked people in public. Doxxing is also very prevalent and therefore civic and business figures are also afraid to speak out.

They are the gestapo.

I also know there are a LOT of Taiwanese working in China to advance its semi industries so my experience also corroborate with Marcus'

That's not too say there will not be die hard resistances if it goes hot, far from it. China knows time will solve this problem and so does the US, which is why its pushing for war before their short clock runs out.

Taiwan is not Ukraine. Taiwan is tiny.

p.s. To observer. I used to think you "might" be a fool. But now that you've sprouted your bs I'm now certain of it. Thanks for the confirmation.

Posted by: A.L. | May 23 2022 21:43 utc | 162

in re: Artic trafficking

So yeah. I went searching for an update to BILLIONAIRE CCP-linked Huang Nubo's 2014 artic resort real-estate deal in Norway. ( put the kibosh on it with a bid that the seller could not refuse.) Skid through pages of NATO paranoia and landed on this brief 2022 Al Jazeera documentary. I learned something I did not know: "third power" signatories to the Svalbard Treaty since 1925. And enjoyed giggling over China's BIG BREAK at IceSave's expense--LOL! Remember that caper? UK, NL bankster litigation to liquidate Iceland central bank. What a hoot!

NARRATOR: Closer ties developed between Iceland and China after th 2008 financial crisis which brought Iceland to its knees.
PRES. OLAPHUR RAGNAR GRIMSSON:Faced with that situation, direct hostility from Europe, no interest from the United States. I wrote a letter to the president of China and that evolved into a currency swap agreement between Iceland and China and some other measures, which was important for us to remind Brussels and the European powers that Iceland had other options. And there were no conditions put by the Chinese.
NARRATOR: This alliance is sealed, when Iceland becomes the first European to sign a free trade agreement with China.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 21:46 utc | 163

Come on. You know better than that. China has indeed supported Russia politically and materially.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 20:26 utc | 148

You mean those hundreds and thousands of DJI drones that turned ordinary arty into large-calibre sniper rifles? Those that DJI announced that they'll no longer export to Russia? You mean those?



Posted by: A.L. | May 23 2022 21:59 utc | 164

China's DF-21D missiles have made aircraft carriers obsolete. Those missiles and others in China's arsenal can reach most of the Western Pacific. Just as battleships became obsolete when a carrier's planes out-distanced naval gunfire, so carriers became obsolete when missiles out-ranged aircraft.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 22:02 utc | 165

Posted by: Anne B | May 23 2022 20:05 utc | 144

I basically agree. Sometimes the relatives are able to lack of any kind of mercy. I saw it too.
The face of Joe Biden, and especially his eyes, show that he is conscious that his mind is slowly dying.
It's abuse, yes. On the other hand, Joe Biden is absolutely not your mother-in-law. He is one of that bunch of deeply amoral politician which rules the Empire. His sad last years of life doesn't compare to the fate of the victims of the Empire.

Posted by: Parisian Guy | May 23 2022 22:04 utc | 166

Biden again said no US boots will face Russia. Why, is a worthy question. The answer is they need to be preserved for the encounter with China.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 22:21 utc | 167

Observer@3, Richard Steven Hack@9

1. The official name of Taiwan is Republic of China, its Constitution is the Constitution of ROC, its national flag is the flag of ROC, its national holiday and map are all those of China (ROC).

You do know these facts, don't you?

2. Regarding China's legitimate claim on Taiwan, you simply need to check:

- United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758:

The UN's "Final Clauses of Multilateral Treaties, Handbook", 2003 :

...regarding the Taiwan Province of China, the Secretary-General follows the General Assembly’s guidance incorporated in resolution 2758 (XXVI) of the General Assembly of 25 October 1971 on the restoration of the lawful rights of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations. The General Assembly decided to recognize the representatives of the Government of the People’s Republic of China as the only legitimate representatives of China to the United Nations. Hence, instruments received from the Taiwan Province of China will not be accepted by the Secretary-General in his capacity as depositary.

181 countries (till end of Dec. 2021) in world that have established the diplomat relation with China have recognized One China police and Taiwan is part of China.

- US states clearly in the 1979 U.S.-P.R.C. Joint Communique, the United States recognized the Government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, acknowledging the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China.

But the perfidious US government is trying "salami slicing tactics" to show it's agreement-incapable and goading Taiwan to poke China for a war.

Just like what it has done with Ukraine. The Empire needs wars to crush any country, be it Russia or China, that dares to challenge its unipolar world order.

3. We all know CNN, BBC, NYT, WaPo & Co have been lying about Russia-Ukraine war, Iraq WMD, Gulf of Tonkin incident, etc.

Why should you swallow what the same despicable and dishonest MSM tells you about Taiwan and China?!

Posted by: lulu | May 23 2022 22:27 utc | 168

@CM of Berlin | May 23 2022 11:16 utc | 16

Over in the German media, the British secret servive is being quoted, saying that the Russian losses are now comparable to those of the Soviets during the 1980s war in Afghanistan.
Do we have any at least semi-reliable sources of the Russian losses?

German media are even more shit media than US ones as they mainly parrot US beltway, and there are all under tight control of a virtual Reichsschrifttumskammer of beltway "consensus". In the US, the bitter strife between Dems and GOP leaves at least a bit of free space.

As to Soviet losses in Afghanistan, there was a total of 14,453 irrecoverable losses, among them 11,897 combat losses, thereof 9,511 KIA, 2,386 deaths from wounds. 1,739 deaths from accidents or incidents including suicide, 817 from disease.
Source: G.F. Krivosheev, Soviet Casualties and Combat Losses in the 20th Century, London/Mechanicksburg 1997, p.287

Hohols fantasize about 28700 Russian deaths, sometimes more.

Posted by: aquadraht | May 23 2022 22:32 utc | 169

Posted by: Ian2 | May 23 2022 19:33 utc | 135

The POTUS hasn't mattered mattered (double intended) since JFK. In the time since we've now had 2, possibly 3 who were suffering from dementia or worse while in the WH, but some are more effective at others in getting their corporate/bankster/MIGA shit done while in office. Never much in the way of pushing back at the neocon/neolib warmongering, see: JFK (yes, I know he wasn't perfect but he must have pissed off some very powerful people).

In any case, I will note that Democrats have put more favorable justices on the courts than Republicans when you're talking about civil rights including your (increasing lack of) rights when dealing with law enforcement scum. But I digress and I haven't voted D for president since the first Clinton (which I profoundly regret for obvious reasons). Why waste a vote on a figurehead who isn't going to do anything outside of what's been scripted for him before hand? I laugh at both sides now, including the Trumpers.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 23 2022 23:01 utc | 170

Strongly recommend watch James Bradley - The China Mirage. Or, directly on Youtube: James Bradley - “The China Mirage”

Fascinating history of U.S.-China relations from the 19th-century opium trade through World War II and on to the Vietnam War. From both Roosevelt administrations to today, Bradley traces a troubled relationship between two nations, showing how the West has often profoundly misunderstood and underestimated the East.

By the way, do you know that Harvard, Yale, Standford and some other elite American universities were actually funded by opium money?

Five of American elite families (the Astor Family, the Forbes - John Kerry, the Russell, the Delano - President FDR's grandfather was the chief opium peddler for Russell & Co., the Perkins ) all got their fortune by smuggling opium to China.

No wonder the Anglo-Saxon elites are so eagerly peddling WWIII onto us, since these descendents of opium peddlers have the DNA inside them with no decency nor mercy for human life when it comes to making money and holding their power.

Posted by: lulu | May 23 2022 23:22 utc | 171

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 23 2022 23:01 utc | 170

Both Dems and Republican practices extreme partisanship in everything.

Posted by: Lucci | May 23 2022 23:39 utc | 172

@karlof1, #148:

You probably know more than I do, judging from your postings the past three months on the Special Military Operation. I know of political support, but don't know of material support as yet. My thought is that materially Russia doesn't need support from China in facing Ukraine alone.

@Don Bacon, #146:

Thanks for the link to the joint statement. I've read the Chinese version. It is a solemn and powerful statement. I think it was meant to be the new rule for the world in a multipolar environ :-).

Posted by: Oriental Voice | May 23 2022 23:39 utc | 173

Anyone who wants to get some information about Taiwan could listen to some of Carl Zha's podcast with Taiwanese about TW

And "How Taiwan Became Chinese" by Tonio Andrade.

Also Dutch surrenders Taiwan to Chinese general Koxinga 國姓爺 (Zheng Chenggong 鄭成功) in 1662 . Btw, 121-year earlier than Russian Empire annexed Crimea in 1783.

Today people from both sides of Taiwan Stait worship Koxinga 國姓爺 (Zheng Chenggong 鄭成功).

China's historical claim on Taiwan is more legitimate and credible than the USA's occupation of Hawaii.

Posted by: lulu | May 23 2022 23:43 utc | 174

Posted by: lulu | May 23 2022 23:22 utc | 171

Wow, great material, thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Ricardo Ramirez | May 23 2022 23:47 utc | 175

Posted by: Lucci | May 23 2022 23:39 utc | 172

True in most cases, but I prefer the so-called "partisanship" of Dims when it comes to SCOTUS and district court nominations. They aren't really as bad as GOP dominated court rulings. When you look at the decisions handed down over the years pertaining to police powers and the war on drugs, it's routinely Rethug justices stripping away our civil liberties. 4th Amendment especially. The other thing you have to consider in context is the longstanding accusations from the right about "Democrap activist judges" (can't think of any examples myself) when it's usually the opposite politically speaking (see: Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's husband's statements about what she told him the night before her deciding vote was cast). I mean, Trump was trying to seat judges who didn't even have a law degree or hadn't passed any state's bar exam, for a recent example.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 23 2022 23:52 utc | 176

@Posted by: Ian2 | May 23 2022 19:23 utc | 132

"It doesn't matter what changes Taiwan underwent."

It does, actually, unless you don't really believe in any right to self-determination and just invoke it arbitrarily when it's politically convenient. At some point a central government's claim to a wayward province that it hasn't had any role in administering in generations becomes extremely tenuous (being generous and accepting that it even had a real claim to Taiwan before then). The vast majority of the people living in Taiwan do not define themselves as subjects of Beijing. They consider themselves Taiwanese. They are multiple generations removed from the mainland. They are linguistically and culturally very much their own thing, and it would be frankly a tragedy if their state, which is a genuine liberal democracy (not without its problems, make no mistake) were snuffed out.

This is ultimately a pretty moot point, because if Beijing wants Taiwan back, it will get Taiwan back, sooner or later. Taiwanese defense essentially rests on the continued existence of the US Seventh Fleet, and that very likely isn't going to exist indefinitely.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 19:46 utc | 139

The Confederacy was eradicated as a state and its territories returned to the control of Washington. Whereas with Taiwan, Beijing hasn't had a role in running it since the KMT laid claim to it.

Now, the KMT rule was a dictatorship for decades. If at any point before 1987 Beijing had invaded and taken control (and assuming this didn't start WW3), it would have been at worst a lateral move; it's hard to imagine the new rule would have been worse than what came before. Over the last thirty years though the people of Taiwan have very much asserted themselves and shaped the policies of their island.

Posted by: Ben | May 24 2022 0:07 utc | 177

I laugh at both sides now, including the Trumpers.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 23 2022 23:01 utc | 170

I watched some of the Trump rallies during the primary phase and soon realized that something different was happening namely some sort of grass roots revival of middle American people feeling increasingly alienated and indeed denigrated in their own country. Some of the idealization of America as the shining city on the hill, some of the unconditional military-supporting jingoism, some of the religious fundamentalism, some of the hero worship on the part of a minority core and so forth were a little extreme, let us say, but overall they were kinda-sorta apolitical Americans who just 'wanted our country back.'

I understood very well that yearning on their part despite not being American and not having lived there in over 20 years. I believe their aspirations were both understandable and basically fine. The way Intelligence/Media demonized this people heralded an extremely serious split between Administrative State and We the People.

Of course Trumpers weren't the only people, but the other side got more traction out of demonizing Trump, and by extension Trump supporters, than they did from offering anything on their own part to the country.

I hope Trump fades away now because I don't think he has the ability to put together a team that can do what needs to be done. I doubt anyone can. But for it to happen a substantive political movement has to be created building both bottom, middle and top at the same time with the goal to basically ending the current Admin. State in DC (indeed most likely shutting everything in DC down and moving to another city after 20 years letting the Federal USG lie fallow). That is an extreme position so let's just say what the country needs is a serious, no-nonsense far-reaching Reform Party to actually restore the Republic in accordance with its constitution. Anything less means the dysfunctional mafia-Intelligence-Bankster phony Reality TV Republic will continue and that is simply not good enough.

Put simply: leaving aside Trump the character, the aspirations of those who supported him were valid and worthy of consideration after they managed to elect him both in 2016 and even more so in 2020 when he attracted far more minority and independent voters, more than any other candidate in US history, 12 million more than his first election (not counting possibly 2-3 million that were not counted).

The fact that this happened to those voters is proof positive that the Republic is no more except in imagination. It's a very serious, indeed a crisis, situation which the media generally refuse to treat as such. It was never about Trump nor 'Trumpsters.' It was about a citizenry wanting to change course and get back to its core character and values and those citizens being now demonized as domestic terrorists. So fuggedabowd Trump, I say, and find a way to kick out the current Administrative State and shut it all down for a while since reform is clearly impossible. That ship has sailed.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 24 2022 0:20 utc | 178

Now take a look at how perfidiou the politicians can be: Tsai Ing-Wen publically claim "I am Chinese, I grew up reading Chinese books, I was educated in Chinese way" in 2000.

After DPP's de-Chinafication of education and history in last decade, now any Taiwanese politicians who dares to publically claim he/she is Taiwanese and also Chinese gets crucified by the media. Now supporting unification basically means career-killer in Taiwan.

Just wondering why some of the same people who condemn Ukraine's de-Russification but support Taiwan does exactly the same stuff?

Posted by: lulu | May 24 2022 0:26 utc | 179

@unnamed #23

Amén hermano. La purita verdad.

Posted by: Mariátegui | May 24 2022 0:37 utc | 180

Just finished James Bradley's presentation of his book “The China Mirage” posted by lulu@171.

Fascinating historical info, it explains so well why the US is where it is regarding China, many juicy details about the Pacific World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The dumbification of foreign policy triggered by McArthy. The next Sino war is written since long ago.

"This huge 1 billion country you see in the mainland, this is not China, this rock here in the ocean, Taiwan, this is China!"

Posted by: Ricardo Ramirez | May 24 2022 0:59 utc | 181

Who was POTUS still mattered when Nixon was president, or the CIA wouldn't have gone to the trouble of manufacturing the Watergate case against him. JFK indeed pissed off some powerful people, but so did Nixon.

Oliver Stone's movie "Nixon" shows that Stone understood this.

Posted by: Lysias | May 24 2022 1:36 utc | 182

Stone's "JFK" is a great movie, but I think "Nixon" is even better.

Posted by: Lysias | May 24 2022 1:39 utc | 183


I didn't vote for either Trump or Hillary in 2016. I voted for Jill Stein, because I was so dissatisfied with both major party candidates.

But then followed four years in which we kept being told that Trump's election was somehow illegitimate. Largely because of Russiagate lies.

So in 2020 I voted for Trump as a reaction to this. I strongly suspect that there were many voters who had not voted for Trump in 2016 but who voted for him in 2020. I strongly suspect the 2020 election was stolen.

America has a long history of stolen elections. So that in itself would be nothing new. But stolen elections in the past have been close elections. But what I strongly suspect happened in 2020 is that Trump won by a landslide and that landslide was nullified. If my suspicion is correct, that means votes can do nothing and are meaningless.

Posted by: Lysias | May 24 2022 1:59 utc | 184

Hundreds of years ago, China respected Taiwanese sovereignty. They left them alone.

The result was for other empires to take over Taiwan, and use it as a launching pad for
attacks on China. Needless to say, this was not in the short or long term interests of most people on Taiwan either.

China liberated Taiwan from its attackers, and tried to claim Taiwan as a vassal state.
But much has happened since then.

It is only reasonable that Taiwan be a vassal state of China if not a full territory. The Ukraine situation with regards to Russia is historically similar, it is only reasonable that some part or all of 1991 Ukraine be neutral or part of or a vassal state of Russia.

The head mobster doesn't care about others being able to defend themselves, except Israel which is part of it--and Israel demands Greater Israel all the way to and including the Golan Heights, while much of the world has normal relations with Israel anyway.

Posted by: Charles Peterson | May 24 2022 2:18 utc | 185

Correction, the US does care about this, it wants competitive countries NOT to have any defensive capabilities or local alliances, and always seeks to undermine them all.

Posted by: Charles Peterson | May 24 2022 2:30 utc | 186

Again, Russia and China should withdrawl recognition of Biden as President in light of his mental incontinence.

Bad Grandpa.

Vote for Pedro.

Posted by: jared | May 24 2022 2:44 utc | 187

speaking of recognition,
As of April 2022, 13 countries and Vatican City/Holy See have recognized Taiwan as a sovereign country:
Holy See (Vatican City)
Marshall Islands
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 24 2022 3:06 utc | 188

@b, et al:

The official US policy on "The Taiwan Issue"--going back some 60 years or so--has always been "The US supports the peaceful reunification of Taiwan with China."

The key word in that policy is "peaceful"--the implication has always been (and was unambiguously reiterated during the Clinton administration nearly 30 years ago) that the US would, in the event of an aggressive, violent attempt to take over the island, send its military to come to the aid of Taiwan.

This has always been official US policy, and Biden's declaration was merely a reassertion of this long-standing commitment.

What has changed, this week, is that the US Dept. of State has--likely without approval from the White House--changed its official rhetoric on its website regarding "The Taiwan Issue".

I called attention to that fact--and it is a troubling fact (not least because I have lots of friends and family in Taiwan)--earlier in these comments.

The US Dept of State has now deleted any denials of supporting Taiwanese independence. I'll re-post that news morsel here:

What many here apparently fail to recognize is that this is, in the context of the War on Ukraine (a war I personally support, btw), really big fucking news. This is a deliberate and calculated provocation of China during a time when China is vigorously and self-consciously reconsidering The Taiwan Issue.

As others above (Mr. Lu, IIRC?) have pointed out, there is a large but silent portion of Taiwan which does not support the idea of confrontation with China--or, in other words, these people tacitly accept (or even promote) the idea of reunification with China.

Unfortunately, the current president of Taiwan--Ms. Cai--is a CIA plant who has undergone the full regime of training in "Color Revolutions" and online propagandizing. Thus, there is a strong and vocal support group for her online and in the mainstream Taiwanese media outlets. Young people, in particular, are susceptible to her propaganda and that bodes ill for Taiwan's future.

Judging by the catastrophically poor judgment of the party in opposition to her (KMT) during the last election, I can only presume that there remain a large portion of those "conservatives" who are in thrall to the CIA/DIA. Truly, it was such a textbook example of self-sabotage that the only conclusion I can personally come to is that it was purposeful. The KMT had an excellent candidate to run--Guo Taiming--but since he was aligned with Steve Bannon and the Trumpists my guess is that they were given orders to sabotage his campaign and lose to Ms. Cai, which they dutifully did.

In any event, Biden's remarks are simply a re-iteration of the US's Taiwan policy as it has existed for the last 50 or 60 years or so. Nothing has actually changed in that regard--

The one thing that has actually changed is the Dept of State website, which now implicitly indicates that it A) supports Taiwanese independence, and B) denies the "One China" policy that has ruled US/China/Taiwan relations for the last 70 years or so.

@b: You missed the point, here, but it's understandable because this is one of those East Asian "face" things that so many Westerners find inscrutable.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 24 2022 3:09 utc | 189

I wrote an article on this exact subject. It revolves around my you-tube video that I hope clearly defines what is going on inside of China today, and what will happen. The video is at the top of the article. It's far better than anything that I can say right here.

Posted by: Rufus Arrr | May 24 2022 3:11 utc | 190

@ 188
...12 countries and Vatican City

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 24 2022 3:26 utc | 191

@ Don Bacon | May 24 2022 3:26 utc | 191 about those "countries" in support of Taiwan as a sovereign country.

What? You don't consider the Holy See (Vatican City) a nation? How about the City of London?

I expect the City of London wants Taiwan as a sovereign nation also but, transparency what it is, Pope Frank and his cult can come out of the closet on this because China is totally secular while the City of London fight its wars behind curtains of obfuscation....until now

With Russia being thrown out of the private banking club, China is on the edge of the same because it has not given in to the rules based private finance club. If China and Russia combine to launch an alternative to the SWIFT/BIS jackboot I think that the issue of Taiwan will become secondary or fall entirely off the table.

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 24 2022 4:00 utc | 192

@Observer 3

Would it also be fair to say that, "The US oligarchs have no legitimate claim on the USA unless the majority of the people living there wish to be ruled by them"?

After all, China (which you call a "dictatorship") is far more democratic than the oligarchic USA (See and for support) where 62% of the US population think that a third party is needed to represent them (see

Posted by: Hermit | May 24 2022 4:02 utc | 193

Hundreds of years ago, China respected Taiwanese sovereignty. They left them alone.

Hundreds of years ago--going back many hundreds of years--Taiwan was officially part of China. The fact that you don't know this proves you don't know anything at all about the actual history of the region.

The result was for other empires to take over Taiwan, and use it as a launching pad for attacks on China. Needless to say, this was not in the short or long term interests of most people on Taiwan either.

Taiwan was the most advanced province of China back in the late 19th / early 20th century. It was stolen from China by Japan for that reason, as well as the strategic value it gave the Japanese navy and military--strategic value that was well-proven during WWII.

China liberated Taiwan from its attackers, and tried to claim Taiwan as a vassal state. But much has happened since then.

China never acknowledged Japanese sovereignty over the island, and reasserted its own sovereignty under the KMT immediately following WWII. When the KMT fled to Taiwan, it was only because of the intervention of the US navy that China did not immediately scour the island clean of the fascist oligarchs who took control of the place.

Again: you clearly don't know the first simple fact about the history of this region, so why do you dare to post a comment here pretending you do?

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 24 2022 4:10 utc | 194

The Western world that stole an enslaved the world for their benefit, now see their world collapsing. You talk about caring for Taiwan or Ukraine as if you are so good, so righteous. You talk about the coming famine in places like Africa, yet want the Ukrainian wheat for yourselves.

The racism is paramount, but ask yourselves the question: why would we bring this hardship on our own people? The answer is we are all controlled by a select group.

Taiwan's trade to China is 44%, and increasing. The fact that America is selling weapons to the Taiwanese elite is just a business, disguised as whatever??

To believe that you can ever attack China is a complete fantasy and the sad part is that you will soon wake up to that reality.
Years ago a Chinese military in response to America's threat said that the missiles will be like bees swarming. Recently another one said to continuing threats: meet us in the sky.

The one thing I have learned through all these years is that neither Russia or China make idle threats. Putin told you months ago if you go to far: you will experience something never before in your history.

That was never meant for Europe, who always had wars. It was meant for us in North America. Don't blame Biden although he had Business interest in Ukraine, for any US president is just a puppet. They have just made money when the going was good.

Posted by: Karl luck | May 24 2022 4:47 utc | 195

"They urgently need to shut up that war-mongering idiot". Are you serious b? Why do you want him to shut up? Biden is telling us what the US Neocons wants to, and will try to make, happen on Taiwan. It is he who is telling us because a demented geriatric's 'ravings' are perfect cover for plausible deniability as the US ratchets up the pressure on China. Biden is nothing but a 'stalking horse'. That's his assigned role.

Posted by: Sarcophilus | May 24 2022 4:47 utc | 196

Biden x Psaki: good cop, bad cop.

Stand-up as old as USA

Posted by: Arioch | May 24 2022 7:31 utc | 197

America will courageously fight Russia to the last Ukrainian....

America will courageously fight China to the last Taiwanese....

America will courageously fight ABC to the last XYZ....

Rinse, repeat.

America stands for Freedom! Democracy! Horse Shit!

The United States of Oceania: Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace.

Posted by: ak74 | May 24 2022 8:07 utc | 198

While I admittedly never visited Taiwan proper, I met not few Taiwaners in China. They are everywhere mainly in the industrial and commercial centers around the east and northeast as well as in central areas, albeit bit less to my impression (which need not tell so much). As some speak english quite fluently it was always easy to get in contact with them (my Hanyu is anything but excellent).

There are about 2 to 2.5 million Taiwaners living permanently in China, several hundred thousand cross strait marriages do exist. The number of temporarily staying Taiwaners may be in a similar order of magnitude, at least in excess of one million. Compare that to a populace of 23 million.

Most Taiwaners to my impression want the status quo to persist, at best forever, or at least as long as they have advantages from. And there are many thereof.

Taiwan has, by the way, one of the lowest birth rates worldwide, far below reproduction.

Posted by: aquadraht | May 24 2022 9:22 utc | 199

Here’s Canada’s CBC news show, The National’s two minute segment on Biden’s Taiwan comments:

I post it because while it mentions Canada, I think we are all aware of where the inspiration for some of this news show’s reporting comes from.

And speaking of inspiring! 10 Downing Street gives us a clip of Boris Johnson meeting with Ukrainian refugee children, who are settling in at their new private school.

Which is this one — (what’s the Spring partnership??)

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | May 24 2022 10:54 utc | 200

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