Having already destabilized the Middle East and plunged Europe into chaos, Washington is now increasingly turning its eye to China and the Indo-Pacific. However, it's all too obvious that for all the talk of a "free and open Indo-Pacific" and protecting Taiwan, Washington is primarily concerned with defending its hegemonic status. But by increasingly undermining China's territorial integrity and failing to honor its agreement to abide by the One China principle, Washington is playing with fire.
The battle between democracy and authoritarianism is in full swing, and China's imperial appetite must be firmly countered. That is why Biden did the right thing when he announced that the US would defend Taiwan. To deter Beijing and stand up for democratic values, it is high time for the US to move beyond "strategic ambiguity." However, joint efforts to defend the free world make US military modernization and rearmament indispensable.
There is a 54% chance that the People's Republic of China will have annexed at least half of Taiwan by 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.