President Biden holds today his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since taking office. He and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga must use the occasion to deter our common enemy, the Chinese Communist Party, from invading Taiwan.
Two factors demand action to that end by these allied nations, not just empty rhetoric and posturing which China’s dictator, Xi Jinping, will surely discount. First, the CCP is intensifying preparations for such an invasion – greatly reducing the warning and response time we’ll likely have.
Second, the U.S. and Japan have to disabuse Xi of his confident expectation that an American administration Chinese intelligence operatives and their corporate proxies have deeply compromised – from the President on down – will not accede to Beijing’s aggression.
The hour is late. And the costs of failure are incalculably high. Let us pray the allies rise to the challenge.
This is Frank Gaffney.