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White House Walks Back President Biden’s Vow to Defend Taiwan From China

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Insider: The White House had to row back Biden’s comments after he suggested the US would defend Taiwan from an attack by China

* Biden told a CNN town hall on Thursday the US would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack.

* The White House later clarified that the US policy of “strategic ambiguity” had not changed.

* China’s recent military activity has raised fears it will try to seize the island, which it considers its own.

The White House clarified President Joe Biden’s comments after he said the US would defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China, in what appeared to be a significant shift in US foreign policy.

When asked by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at a Thursday town hall event whether Biden would defend Taiwan if China attacked it, the president replied: “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”

Aggressive Chinese rhetoric and military activity in recent months have raised tensions in Taiwan, which has for decades governed itself as an independent state and which China claims as part of its sovereign territory.

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WNU Editor: No kidding …. Biden sparks confusion with commitment to Taiwan’s defence (SCMP)

Beijing is not convinced …. China Outraged at Biden’s Military Pledge for Taiwan – Despite White House Walkback (US News and World Report).

As to what is my take.

This is not how you run foreign policy.

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White House says no change in policy on Taiwan — Reuters

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Top Moscow Think Tank Explains How a War Between Moscow & Kiev Could Play Out, and Why It Won’t Happen

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A Russian T-72 B3 tank fires during the Peace Mission 2021, a counterterrorism military exercise for Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, at Donguz training area in Orenburg Region, Russia. (C) Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko

RT: ‘Russian troops dismember the armed forces of Ukraine’: how a war between Moscow & Kiev could play out, and why it won’t happen

The costs of a war between Russia and Ukraine far outweigh the benefits. It brings significant risks to the economy, political stability and Russian foreign policy, fails to solve key security problems, but creates many new ones.

That’s according to Valdai Club Programme Director Ivan Timofeev. The top Moscow think tank is closely connected with President Vladimir Putin. Timofeev, one of Russia’s leading foreign experts, is skeptical about the possibility of a conflict, but he has outlined how such an operation could be conducted.

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WNU Editor: The Valdai Club is a think tank with close ties to the Kremlin. They usually voice what Putin and his inner circle are thinking.

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Israel Ready to Escalate Its Confrontation With Iran

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Over the past two years, Israeli intelligence operatives have been linked to major explosions at four Iranian nuclear and missile facilities (AFP/File photo)

BBC: Iran nuclear programme: Threat of Israeli strike grows

In the turquoise waters of the Red Sea, Israeli, Emirati and Bahraini naval forces for the first time just days ago rehearsed joint security operations with a US warship.

It followed a war-game at a desert airbase just north of the Israeli port city of Eilat last month, which sent fighter planes from Israel and seven other countries roaring into the skies.

Such drills aim to send a strong warning to Iran, which has recently been holding its own large military exercises, and stress strategic alliances.

But they come at a time when many in Israel are worrying about whether this small country could soon feel forced to act alone to attack Iran’s nuclear programme militarily.

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Israel signals readiness to escalate Iran confrontation — Al Jazeera

Israel sees Iranian atomic bomb in five years, deal or no deal — Reuters

Israel digs in heels on military action, warns revived nuke deal won’t thwart Iran — times of Israel

PM Naftali Bennett: Israel will not be bound to nuclear deal with Iran — FOX News

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Says US Will Pursue ‘Over-the-Horizon’ Mission in Afghanistan

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Antiwar.com: US to Pursue ISIS-K, al-Qaeda, in Over-the-Horizon Mission in Afghanistan

Austin: US will show relentless focus.

Over the weekend, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin talked up the long-promised “over-the-horizon” missions to keep attacking Afghanistan without being in Afghanistan.

Austin said this would be part of a relentless focus on terrorism, talking of action coming against ISIS-K and al-Qaeda. US troops left Afghanistan after the Taliban routed the US-backed government in all major cities.

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Update: US to Pursue ‘Over-the-Horizon’ Mission in Afghanistan (TOLO News)

WNU Editor: On what intelligence will they act on?

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