Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida just hammered President Joe Biden for “appeasing” China and signaling “weakness.”
“Rubio demanded to know why the Biden Administration ‘downgraded’ Taiwan’s representation at the December 10 summit and then cut a video feed of Taiwanese Minister Audrey Tang after her livestreamed remarks showed a map that suggested Taiwan was not part of China, contrary to China’s position,” Breitbart News reported this week.
Rubio said in a letter:
Taiwan was represented by Audrey Tang, a Minister-without-Portfolio who manages digital democracy programs, and Hsiao Bikhim, Taiwan’s representative to the United States. While both of these officials are highly accomplished and impressive in their own right, neither of them was elected to the position that they currently occupy, and most importantly, the other nations at the summit were represented by their heads of state. Countries that asked to delegate their representation to a lower level reportedly met stiff resistance from your administration.
According to Breitbart, “Rubio suggested that the move was a concession to Beijing, since having Taiwan’s president would have angered China, which insists that Taiwan is part of China and not a separate country. Having Taiwan’s president appear at the summit would have also angered China since Taiwan was invited to participate but China was not, and China typically pressures international bodies not to allow Taiwan to participate in forums and summits.”
Rubio went on to suggest the United States should make some changes in the coming months to shore up what has been weakened by Biden’s poor communication and leadership.
“I understand that the summit will convene again next year,” the Florida Republican said. “It is my hope that you clarify and correct this mistake going forward, and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the United States’ commitment to democracy will not be calibrated in the futile pursuit of the approval of our authoritarian rivals.”
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