US President Joe Biden has said that US forces will defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion – his strongest words on the matter.
When asked in a television interview whether the US would defend the self-ruled island claimed by China, he bluntly replied: “Yes, if in fact it was an attack. never happend.”
The US has long been stuck with a policy of “strategic ambiguity” and has not made it clear whether it will respond
militarily, to attack.
Asked to clarify if he meant that, unlike in Ukraine, US forces will defend Taiwan from Chinese aggression, Mr Biden replied, “Yes.”
CBS 60 Minutes interview shows a president who seems to go beyond the longstanding US policy of Taiwanwhich states a commitment to the One China policy, in which Washington officially recognizes Beijing, not Taipei.
Biden’s remarks are sure to anger Beijing, already angered after the US House speaker’s visit to Taiwan Nancy
Pelosi back in August.
That visit prompted China to conduct its largest-ever military exercise around Taiwan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to bring democratically administered Taiwan under Beijing’s control and has
does not exclude the use of force.
In a phone call with Mr Biden in July, Mr. Xi warned against playing with fire on the island, saying “those who play with fire will die from it”.
When asked last October if the United States would come to defend Taiwan, the president said: “Yes, we are committed to that,” but a White House spokesman said in fact , he did not announce any changes in US policy. – and some experts have denounced this comment as “smug”.