Biden Says U.S. Would Defend Taiwan If China Invaded says its a Commitment We Made
Written by Peter Boykin on May 24, 2022
Biden Says U.S. Would Defend Taiwan If China Invaded: ‘Commitment We Made’
Joe Biden said that Washington would help defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion should Beijing try try to assert its claims over the self-governing island.
Biden’s latest remarks will likely anger China, which says Taiwan is part of its territory under its “One China” policy despite the democratic island being under separate government since the Chinese Civil War.
Tensions in the region have been particularly high over the last 18 months, as China has been flying military sorties close to Taiwan on an almost daily basis.
Biden told reporters in Tokyo that China was flirting with danger by sending its aircraft close to Taiwan.
The “One China” policy posits that there is only one Chinese government, and that any country that wants diplomatic ties with China must not officially have a diplomatic relationship with Taipei.
“America is committed to a One China policy but that does not mean China has the jurisdiction to use force to take Taiwan,” Biden said.
Before making the remarks on Taiwan, Biden told Kishida that he would back Japan’s permanent membership of a reformed U.N. security council, a move that China will likely veto.
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