May 23, 2022

President Biden is in Asia, where he’s trying to undo some of the signals of weakness that China appeared to be taking advantage of. Asked if the US would militarily defend Taiwan if China attacked, Biden said, “Yes.” China isn’t happy about that.

For all of China’s alleged fury, I can’t help thinking that privately, they are less concerned about the slim likelihood of Biden standing up to them than they are about Taiwan turning out to be what Ukraine is to Russia: a lot harder to conquer than they anticipated. That tends to happen when you’re fighting for your homeland and your family and not just for a paycheck.