September 29, 2022 4:35 am
Joe Biden says, contrary to U.S. policy, that America committed to aid Taiwan if attacked by China

Joe Biden says, contrary to U.S. policy, that America committed to aid Taiwan if attacked by China

President Biden pledged during a CNN’s town-hall meeting Thursday evening to come to Taiwan‘s defense if it was attacked by China, a major break from official U.S. policy of ambiguity.

“Yes. We have a promise,” Mr. Biden stated in response to a question regarding whether the U.S. would support Taiwan such an instance.

Mr. Biden made this comment to Anderson Cooper’s request for clarification.

He had moments earlier answered “yes and yes” when an audience member asked a two-part question, one about countering China‘s missile buildup and the other about defending Taiwan if attacked by China, which views Taiwan as a renegade province.

Mr. Biden’s statement would represent a significant departure from the decades-old U.S. policy on “strategic uncertainty” and Mr. Biden’s words earlier this month.

After his remarks Thursday, the White House official clarified to him that Mr. Biden was not “announcing any changes in was not announcing any changes in our policy and there are no change in policy .”

” The Taiwan Relations Act governs the U.S. defense relations with Taiwan . We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan‘s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the official said.

The U.S. does not expressly support Taiwan militarily during a war like the other NATO members, but it does provide weapons sales to its military.

The White House reiterated this policy in August after Mr. Biden stated to ABC News that the U.S. would react to a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan .

But, in October Mr. Biden stated that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding Taiwan . He also said that they had agreed to abide the “Taiwan .”

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” We agree… we’ll adhere to the Taiwan Agreement,” he stated. “We made it clear to him that I do not believe he should be doing any other than complying with the agreement .”

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The U.S. does no formal recognition Taiwan diplomatically. However, it has informal ties. The U.S. believes that one China exists and that Taiwan of that is part of it. It also believes that the People’s Republic of Beijing is the legitimate government for China ..

Though there reportedly have been U.S. troops rotating in and out of Taiwan for a year, functioning as advisers, America never has had major ground combat units permanently deployed on the island, even during the early Cold War decades when it recognized the Republic of China (Taiwan‘s formal name) as the sole legitimate government of all of China.

Despite his promise to support Taiwan ,, Mr. Biden downplayed any possibility of war.

China, Russia and the rest of the world knows that we have the most powerful military in the history of the world, so don’t worry that they are going to be more powerful,” Mr. Biden said during a CNN town hall event. You have to be concerned about whether they will engage in activities that could put them in a situation where they might make a serious error .

Mr. Biden stated that he has spoken to Mr. Xi the most of any world leader but said that he does not want a new Cold War.

“I don’t want a Cold War with China ,, I just want China to understand that we won’t be stepping back, and we aren’t going to change our views,” he said.

China in recent weeks has taken an aggressive posture towards Taiwan, sending dozens of warplanes over Taiwan‘s air defense zone as tensions continue to escalate.

Mr. Xi has increased his calls for Taiwan be brought into China , claiming it would be “a peaceful reunification” but refusing to exclude force.

China views Taiwan as part of its own territory even though the countries split in 1949. Beijing also opposes Taiwan being involved in international organisations such as the United Nations or the World Health Organization.

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