The Biden administration appears to have caved to pressure from China by deleting a tweet that included the Taiwanese flag.
According to reports, the tweet included a list of countries — alongside their respective flags — that had received a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the U.S. Since China does not acknowledge Taiwan, its entry sparked some negative response from that country.
“Committed to our one-China policy”
Not only did the U.S. government account take down the tweet, but the White House also issued an apology and called the use of Taiwan’s flag an “honest mistake.”
The exchange is the latest example being used by President Joe Biden’s critics, many of whom feel he is far more beholden to China than his predecessor.
While former President Donald Trump took positions in direct opposition to China’s communist party, Biden appears to be joining the list of politicos and celebrities expressing deference to the foreign nation.
“The United States remains committed to our one-China policy,” the White House wrote in response to the backlash. “Our policy has been clear for decades and has not changed.”
In other words, the U.S. is continuing its policy of essentially bowing to China’s will in exchange for cheap goods. China is among the most oppressive regimes on the planet and U.S. critics say Biden is giving up the fight.
Biden’s China policy faces fierce opposition
Even as mounting evidence surfaces about widespread human rights violations, the U.S. president has arguably failed to issue a clear and direct denunciation of Chinese abuses.
The next president, whether Republican or Democrat, is likely to face an even worse situation and must be willing to stand up to China — including on the issue of Taiwan.
As long as Taiwan has been in existence, its people have lived under the threat of invasion and annihilation from China. Despite Biden’s supposed progressive views, critics say he is abandoning the Taiwanese people.
The Biden administration has already faced accusations that its policies are making America weaker on the world stage.
If the United States remains weak in its interactions with China, Taiwan could end up on the brink of destruction.