US military will defend Taiwan ‘if it comes to that,’ Biden says
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President Biden stated that the U.S. will send the military to defend Taiwan if the People’s Republic of China were to invade the island nation.
“You didn’t want the U.S. to get involved militarily in the Ukraine conflict for obvious reasons. If it happens, would you be willing to go militarily to defend Taiwan? During a Japanese news conference, a reporter asked President Biden.
“Yes,” Biden replied.
“You are?” The reporter demanded.
“That was our commitment,” the president stated.
President Joe Biden, left, speaks during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Akasaka Palace, Monday, May 23, 2022, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A White House spokesperson told Fox News that the administration’s policy “has not changed. “
” The spokesperson stated that the President had said that the administration’s policy “has not changed.” He reiterated our One China Policy as well as our commitment to peace, stability, and security in the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated the Taiwan Relations Act’s commitment to Taiwan to provide it with the military resources to defend itself. “
The “One China policy” refers the U.S. recognition of People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the sole legal government of China. However, it only acknowledges Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is a part of China. Russian President Vladimir Putin considers Ukraine a country within historic Russia. Xi considers Taiwan a country within China.
In October, Biden said the U.S. would defend Taiwan if China attacks. A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said, “No one should underestimate China’s strong resolve, determination, and capability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” China is not open to compromise. “
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
China launched military exercises in the disputed South China Sea as Biden’s trip to East Asia began Friday.
Asia expert Gordon Chang said that the Biden administration is trying backtrack past indications that America fears China. He stated that the administration will continue with Taiwan talks despite warnings from Chinese officials. Chang said that China’s recent military drill was “connected” to Biden’s Asia visit. This is because the joint statement he made with South Korean President Yoon Su Kyol specifically mentioned Taiwan. They are connected because before Biden touched down on South Korea – his first stop on his trip – the Chinese warned him not talk about Taiwan. So there was the joint statement between President Biden of South Korea and President Yoon Suk Yeol, which specifically mentioned Taiwan,” Chang stated. “There will be a lot Taiwan discussions in Japan, which is the second and final stop on this trip. So really, what the United States was telling Beijing was, “I’m not afraid anymore.” ‘”
“The reason the administration has to do that is because, in the last couple of weeks, the Biden team has done things that made it look like it was intimidated by China, which is the reason why the Chinese were very aggressive before the trip, because they thought they had Biden on the run,” Chang added.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upended Chinese President Xi Jinping’s timetable to invade Taiwan, according to documents purportedly written by a Russian intelligence analyst in one of Moscow’s security agencies.
Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, attends a ceremony to commend role models of the Beijing Winter Olympics & Paralympics at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 8.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
“Xi Jinping was at least considering taking over Taiwan in the fall – he needs his own little victory to get re-elected for a third term – there the struggle within the elite is colossal,” an agent in Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB, allegedly wrote on March 9.
“Now that the Ukrainian events have taken place, this window of opportunity has closed to him. This gives the United States the chance to both blackmail Xi as well as negotiate with its rivals on favorable terms,” said the FSB agent. “This is the case where we set up a trap for China through our actions. “
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