'Biden made NATO look impotent' says Alistair Campbell
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Joe Biden has come under fire for his decision to pull all US troops from Afghanistan, following a move announced by his predecessor Donald Trump. The withdrawal has resulted in the Taliban reclaiming large swathes of the country, including the capital Kabul. GB News host Alastair Stewart warned President Biden could be undermining the US’ foreign policy and sending a “potentially fatal” signal to his allies fearing the rise of China.
The GB News presenter said: “Behind these sensational pictures, some deeper truths have emerged.
“Joe Biden embraced his sworn enemy Donald Trump’s America First mantra. In the trade it’s tricky, but in foreign policy, it is potentially fatal.
“As China told Taiwan, ‘be afraid – when conflict comes, America won’t.’
“Biden made NATO, or significant parts of it, look impotent.”
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Mr Stewart also suggested the special relationship linking the UK and the US took a significant blow as President Biden ignored attempts by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to secure an extension to the evacuation deadline.
He continued: “Here the special relationship looked especially pathetic.
“And in the last 48 hours, the Taliban’s Afghan enemies, ISIS-K, struck at the airport. America this morning says it’s taken out a top leader but the fighters remain.
“Civil war unfolds in Afghanistan, the US looks the other way. We’ve got a more destabilised world than ever.
“Allies suspicious of each other, great democracies impotent before a US President determined to put his country first.”
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Coast Guard cutter sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the latest in what Washington calls routine operations through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, which claims the self-ruled island.
The passage comes amid a spike in military tensions in the past two years between Taiwan and China, and follows Chinese assault drills last week, with warships and fighter jets exercising off the island’s southwest and southeast.
The Kidd, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, accompanied by the Coast Guard cutter Munro, transited “through international waters in accordance with international law,” the US Navy said in a statement.
They added: “The ships’ lawful transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.”
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Beijing on Saturday called the move “provocative,” saying the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army organized troops to follow, monitor, and guard the course of the US ships’ operations.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Tan Kefei said in a statement: “The US has frequently carried out similar provocative acts, which are of a very bad nature, fully showing that it is the biggest destroyer of peace and stability and the biggest cause of security risks in the Taiwan Strait. We firmly oppose and strongly condemn this.
“Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. The Taiwan issue is China’s internal affair and allows no external interference.
“We call on the US to recognize the situation, stop provocation and abide by the One China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiques.”
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