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Pentagon spokesman John. John Kirby at a briefing at the Pentagon. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On Thursday, May 5th, a spokesman for the US Defense Department reiterated that the US adheres to its “one-China policy,” which occurs rarely, and that the Chinese side’s announcement on April 20th was incorrect.

According to US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby, China’s defense ministry “misrepresented” the U.S.’s adherence to the “One-China Principle” during a regular news briefing.

“Rather, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made it clear that the United States remains committed to the ‘One China Policy,’ namely the Taiwan Relations Act, the three joint communiqués, and the six assurances,” he said.

According to the Washington Times, the Pentagon should have felt “compelled to clarify” the specifics of Austin’s first phone call with his Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe, on Thursday.

When it comes to Taiwan, the US has walked a fine line, refusing to recognize the island nation as an independent country while rejecting Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is a separate province that could be reunited by force, according to the report.

Kirby stated that the US adheres to the “One China policy” and will provide and sell military systems to Taiwan to help it defend itself.

The Pentagon’s most recent annual budget submission of $773 billion, a record high, includes the ability to defend specific US security interests in the Indo-Pacific for “integrated deterrence.”

According to SOD Austin, the United States views China as a pacing challenge and Russia as a serious threat.

Scholar: It is critical to counter the CCP’s official narrative.

Jessica Drun, a non-resident fellow at the Project 2049 Institute in the United States, promoted the video of Kirby’s speech, writing, “It is important and necessary that we adhere to our own ‘one China’ policy, and this pushes back against the official Chinese narrative.”

She stated that the United States’ “One China policy” differs from Beijing’s “One China principle,” despite Beijing’s insistence that there is no distinction between the two. Similarly, the United States’ “One China Policy” is not an agreement with China (the CCP). This is the United States’ practice, and it has no need or desire to negotiate with Beijing.

Exposing Lies: The CCP’s “One-China Principle” is not the US’s “One-China Policy.”

The US one-China policy is “a distillation of key documents such as the three US-China joint communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act, and a series of policy statements such as the ‘Six Assurances’ issued over the years,” as opposed to a concise formulation of the CCP’s one-China principle.

The Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan organization that conducts background research for Congress, summarized the official US position on Taiwan in 2014 as follows: “The U.S. does not recognize the People’s Republic of China’s sovereign claims over Taiwan, nor does it recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state, and U.S. policy views Taiwan’s status as undetermined.”

As a result, while the United States recognizes Beijing as China’s official government, the issue of Taiwan’s status remains unresolved.

In 1972, at the end of the historic visit to China by then US President Richard Nixon, the “Shanghai Communiqué” was jointly issued by China and the United States, and it stated:

“The United States acknowledged that all Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait believe that there is only one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The U.S. government does not dispute this position.”

Therefore, the US said at the time that it “acknowledged” China’s position but did not endorse it. In the Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and China, which came into effect in 1979, the U.S. side used similar language and did not affirmatively state that the U.S. recognized Taiwan as a part of China.

Then-President Jimmy Carter gave strict orders to US negotiators to reject China’s position that Taiwan is a “province of China.”

Finally, the final English version of the Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the United States and China stated that the United States only “acknowledged” China’s position that there is only one China and that Taiwan is part of China.

Warren Christopher, then the United States’ Deputy Secretary of State, later confirmed to the United States Senate that the United States believed “the English text is the binding text.” For the United States, the word “acknowledgement” is decisive.

In the joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations with China, 29 of the 180 countries that have established diplomatic relations with China refer to US practice. The words “acknowledge” are used in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States; Japan uses “understand and respect,” and Canada uses “take note of.”

In the joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations with China, 56 countries, including Germany and Ireland, did not mention Taiwan.

Although the U.S. and Taiwan have no diplomatic relations, the Taiwan Relations Act, which also falls under the umbrella of the U.S. “One China” policy, and President Ronald Reagan’s “Six Assurances” pledged to provide Taiwan with “defense materials and technical services in quantities sufficient to maintain its self-defense capabilities.”

Link of the source article: hk.epochtimes.com