Biden says US troops will defend Taiwan if China attacks

US President Joe Biden stated that American troops will defend the island if China attacks Taiwan, which is in a conflict of sovereignty.

President Biden was broadcast on CBS television last night. “60 Minutes” In an interview with the program, he made statements about Taiwan.

program server, “Will US forces defend the Island?” Biden to the question, “Yes, if there is an unprecedented attack” gave the answer.

Biden, the presenter, “Unlike Ukraine, will US forces, male and female members of the US military, defend Taiwan if China invades?” to the question “Yes” He repeated his statement in reply.

your server, “What should Chinese President Xi (Cinping) know about your stance on Taiwan?” In response to the question, Biden “We stand by what we signed off on a long time ago. We adhere to the one-China policy and do not push or promote Taiwan’s independence. Independence is the Taiwanese’s own decision.” said.

IS “STRATEGIC ambiguity” Abandoned?

Biden’s words reflect what Washington has followed on Taiwan so far. “strategic ambiguity” It was the most obvious statement that went against the policy.

“One China” Washington, which adopts the policy of the Beijing government and recognizes the Beijing administration as the legitimate government of all China, made a commitment in the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 to support the Island to have the military capacity to ensure its self-defense and to oppose actions to unilaterally change the status quo in the region.

However, these commitments do not impose an obligation on the United States to directly defend Taiwan militarily. This policy, in which Washington avoided making official statements that the US military would actively defend the Island. “strategic ambiguity” is called.

After the interview, the producers of the program also included a statement by the White House, emphasizing that the US policy on Taiwan has not changed and reiterating the strategic ambiguity rhetoric. In the statement, “The US cannot officially say that the US military will protect Taiwan” it was reported.

US President Joe Biden made a similar statement during his visit to Japan in May. “Will the US militarily defend the island in case of an invasion of China?” to the question, “Yes, that’s our commitment” he replied.

After Biden’s words, it was observed that tensions related to Taiwan increased in US-China relations.


The US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on 2-3 August brought tensions to a climax. Ahead of the visit, Beijing spokespersons said Pelosi’s visit should take place. “military response” He warned that they would take strong profit measures, including

While Pelosi was the first US Speaker of the House of Representatives to visit the island, which is in a sovereignty conflict with China, after 25 years, the visit drew the reaction of China, which sees the island as a part of its territory.

After the visit, the Chinese army started military exercises around the island, and the exercises that lasted for 7 days created a de facto blockade around the island. During exercises using real weapons and ammunition, guided missiles fired from mainland China fell into the waters near Taiwan.

The army spokesman announced that the exercises were completed on August 10, but stated that the military patrol activity in the Taiwan Strait would continue.

The Chinese administration also announced that it would impose sanctions on Pelosi and her family due to the visit, and announced that it had stopped some bilateral dialogue and cooperation mechanisms with the US administration.

Beijing, emphasizing the “one China principle”, opposes Taiwan’s establishing independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the United Nations and other international organizations, and requires countries that recognize it to break diplomatic relations with Taiwan.


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