The White House has responded to a recent Chinese propaganda campaign attacking American and Taiwan after the Taliban took over Afghanistan immediately following the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The propaganda called on the U.S. to cease military ties with Taiwan and reject Taiwan’s independence. The United States released a response reaffirming the country’s support of Taiwan.
According to reports by Fox News:
“We have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” a senior Biden administration official told Fox News. “We consider this central to the security and stability of the broader Indo-Pacific region. Events elsewhere in the world are not going to change this enduring interest.”
The official added: “It’s also unfortunate that PRC’s state media is exploiting the human suffering in Afghanistan to take shots at the United States. That’s not what responsible powers do.”
“How Washington abandoned the Kabul regime particularly shocked some in Asia, including the island of Taiwan,” the Chinese state outlet Global Times wrote Monday. “The situation in Afghanistan suddenly saw a radical change after the country was abandoned by the US. And Washington just left despite the worsening situation in Kabul. Is this some kind of omen of Taiwan’s future fate?”
“From what happened in Afghanistan, [Taiwanese authorities] should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours and the US military won’t come to help,” the Global Times added.