October 6, 2022

New change at the Pentagon waters down focus on Taiwan, critics say

New change at the Pentagon waters down focus on Taiwan, critics say

New change at the Pentagon waters down focus on Taiwan, critics say

By LARA SELIGMAN
September 16th, 2022

The Pentagon has made administrative changes in how it handles Taiwan policy, a shift that lawmakers and former officials say sends the wrong signal to Beijing as the Chinese military steps up drills around the self-ruled island.

The move — which involves placing the Taiwan portfolio under the office responsible for China policy — could provide a new line of attack among President Joe Biden’s opponents who claim he is weak on China.

The changes come as officials are increasingly worried about Beijing’s aggression toward Taiwan, particularly after a crisis erupted in the Taiwan Strait in August after China launched unprecedented military exercises, including sending missiles over the island, in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

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