GEN. JACK KEANE (RET.): President Xi, when he came into power with his public policy statements, made this statement paraphrased by me that the Taiwan situation will be resolved peacefully or forcefully, and he intends to do that while he is in power. He is threatening war with Taiwan that is breaking the status quo.
And then he followed it up with intimidation and coercion, with multiple military incursions that we’ve witnessed, full–scale rehearsals of what an airpower attack would look like. That is breaking the status quo. It is time for the United States to move away from strategic ambiguity, which President Xi has broken, and move towards a policy that’s clear: that the world understands, and President Xi understands that we will, in fact, defend Taiwan, which is exactly what the president is saying.
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