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Biden: ‘We do not support independence’ for Taiwan

In the thrilling world of international politics, where every word is a chess move, President Joe Biden recently cha-cha’d into the spotlight with a clear message about Taiwan. After Taiwan elected a new president, Lai Ching-te, who seems to have ruffled some feathers in Beijing, Biden boogied in with a straightforward stance: “We do not support independence” for Taiwan. It’s like telling your neighbor, “Love your new fence, but no, you can’t annex my backyard.”

This political pronouncement came as Biden was jetting off to Camp David, possibly to practice his diplomatic dance moves. His words were like a carefully choreographed routine, aimed at reassuring both Taiwan’s new leader and the ever-watchful China. It’s the diplomatic equivalent of trying to keep peace at a family reunion – you want everyone to have a good time but also remind Cousin Eddie not to start any backyard brawls.

Biden’s administration is like the DJ at this global party, playing a tune of dialogue and peace. They’re big on the idea of Taiwan and China talking things out, expecting differences to be resolved without anyone flipping the table. Think of it as advocating for a polite conversation over a cup of tea, rather than a food fight.

Enter Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s vice president and the star of the Democratic Progressive Party’s latest electoral hit. Lai’s victory speech was all about “exchanges and cooperation with China,” with a healthy dose of dignity and parity. It’s like saying, “Let’s work together, but remember, I’m wearing my big boy pants too.”

But, like any good drama, there’s suspense. What will China do next? Beijing’s stance was as subtle as a neon sign, calling the election a choice between war and peace. Meanwhile, the U.S. previously hinted that China might have been trying to play puppet master in Taiwan’s democratic process.

The international community is all abuzz. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, House Speaker Mike Johnson, and a chorus line of other U.S. officials have been singing Lai’s praises and celebrating Taiwan’s democracy. It’s like they’re all RSVPing ‘yes’ to Taiwan’s democracy party.

Then there’s the throwback to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan in 2022. Remember that? It was the first visit by a high-profile U.S. official in ages, and it got China all worked up, leading to military drills around Taiwan. It’s like your neighbor having a lawn party and the other neighbor responding by revving up their leaf blower.

Since Pelosi’s historic visit, other U.S. lawmakers have been hopping on planes to Taiwan, showing support and probably collecting frequent flyer miles. These trips are like the U.S. sending postcards saying, “Thinking of you, Taiwan, and not in a ‘just friends’ way.”

And let’s not forget about the bipartisan visit in April, which was the largest since the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. This act is like America’s promise ring to Taiwan – a commitment to support their democracy without poking China in the eye.

In the grand ballroom of global politics, Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November, hoping to smooth over the dance floor. Xi, with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, said Taiwan’s reunification with China was “unstoppable.” Biden, meanwhile, reassured him that the U.S. policy on Taiwan is as unchanged as your grandpa’s opinion on the best kind of lawn mower.

So, as we watch this international tango unfold, remember: It’s all about keeping the peace, making sure everyone gets a turn on the dance floor, and not stepping on any toes. And in the world of global politics, that’s easier said than done. Stay tuned as we see how this diplomatic dance-off evolves – will it be a graceful waltz or a toe-stomping hoedown? Only time will tell!