US President Joe Biden reiterated that the US will defend Taiwan. In an interview with CBS News, when asked if American troops would defend Taiwan, Joe Biden said he would defend Taiwan in the event of an unexpected attack.
The White House issued the statement in response to Biden’s insistence that there had been no change in the official US policy of no military commitment to Taiwan.
The Chinese side responded that Mr. Biden’s statement was categorically opposed.
The US State Department said President Joe Biden’s words in an interview with CBS 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday were representative of the US government.
Taiwan is an autonomous island off the east coast of China that the Chinese government considers part of their country’s territory.
The US government has always been very cautious in its diplomatic stance regarding the Taiwan issue.
On the other hand, the United States has accepted the one-China policy and is interacting with the Chinese government.
According to the One China Policy, The US recognizes that there is only one Chinese government and has more formal relations than Taiwan.
But it continues to maintain close ties with Taiwan, and the Taiwan Relations Act says the US must provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself.
Mr. Biden’s comments were clearest on the issue of the promise of US military intervention. It is also worth countering the US government’s uncertain strategic position on the Taiwan issue.
It is as if he is saying that he is not committed to defending Taiwan in terms of American strategy, but that he will not avoid what will happen.
In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Biden reiterated that the United States does not encourage Taiwan to declare independence.
“Since there is a one-China policy, Taiwan will have to make their own decision about their country’s independence. We are not encouraging them to declare independence, this is their decision,” he said.
On Monday, Taiwan responded by saying it welcomed the US government’s strong security commitment to Taiwan in Joe Biden’s comments. He also said that he will continue to deepen the issue of “security partnership” between the US and Taiwan.
Earlier this month, the US agreed to sell $1.1bn (£955m) of arms and missile defense equipment to Taiwan, sparking fury from the Chinese government.
This is the third time that President Biden has said that the US government’s position on Taiwan has gone beyond the bounds.
In May, he said he would defend Taiwan during his first Asian trip to Japan since becoming president.
At that time, the White House had to issue a follow-up statement after he said that there would be no change in long-standing US policy on Taiwan.
This time, “The president also said the same thing in Tokyo earlier this year. But the policy has not changed,” the White House later announced.
China has previously objected to Mr. Biden’s promise that the United States would provide military assistance in the Taiwan issue if necessary.
Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. In response to Mr. Biden’s remarks in Japan, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in May that the issue of Taiwan is purely China’s internal affairs, and no foreign country has the right to interfere.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said Mr. Biden was not a good idea, raising tensions after a controversial trip to Taiwan in August.
China responded by imposing a five-day military blockade around Taiwan over Nancy Pelosi’s trip. And the United States has accused China of launching missiles over Taiwan, but China has not confirmed that.
Taiwan says the missiles launched by China pose no threat as they fly into the air.