Biden said – US military will protect Taiwan
In an interview with CBS, Joe Biden was asked if the US military would defend China’s claimed self-governing island (Taiwan)? In response, Biden said – yes, if there is indeed an attack, we will defend. Biden was asked to clarify whether he meant that unlike Ukraine, US forces—American men and women—would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. To this, Joe Biden replied: “Yes.”
America’s strategic ambiguity over Taiwan ends
In the interview, Joe Biden appeared to go beyond the long-standing US policy on Taiwan. But, his statement was clearer than previous presidents about the deployment of US troops to defend Taiwan. The US had long struggled with strategic ambiguity regarding Taiwan. He was unable to clarify whether the military would respond to the attack on Taiwan. However, Biden’s statement makes it clear that America’s strategy is that the US military is fully prepared to defend Taiwan.
White House said – US policy on Taiwan did not change
On Biden’s statement, a White House spokesman said that US policy towards Taiwan has not changed. The spokesman said President Biden has said this before, including in Tokyo earlier this year. He made it clear even then that our Taiwan policy had not changed. this is true. The CBS interview with Biden was conducted last week. Biden is in Britain to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday.
America is not a supporter of Taiwan’s independence
In May, Biden was asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan and replied: “Yes… that’s the commitment.” Biden reiterated that the US did not support Taiwan’s independence and remained committed to a one-China policy. This is why the US recognizes Beijing and not Taipei. Beijing is sure to be outraged by this statement of Biden. In August itself, China expressed strong displeasure over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.