US President Joe Biden has announced that American troops will defend the island if China attacks Taiwan, which is in a conflict of sovereignty.
The tension between China and Taiwan has plunged into a new crisis after the Trump-era trade war between the US and China.
US President Joe Biden made statements about Taiwan in an interview with the “60 Minutes” program broadcast on CBS television last night.
The host asked 2 times: “Will the US military defend Taiwan?”
According to the news of AA; 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.
“We adhere to the one-China policy”
your server, “What should Chinese President Xi (Cinping) know about your stance on Taiwan?” In response to the question, Biden “We stand behind what we signed off on a long time ago. We adhere to the one-China policy and do not push or promote Taiwan independence. Independence is the Taiwanese’s own decision.” said.
Is “strategic ambiguity” being 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 adopting Beijing’s policy and recognizing the Beijing administration as the legitimate government of all China, made a commitment in the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 to provide support for 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.
White House: US cannot say military will protect Taiwan
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 rhetoric of strategic ambiguity. In the statement, “The United States cannot officially say that the American 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.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and my climbing income
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, “one China principle” It opposes Taiwan’s establishment of independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the United Nations and other international organizations, and stipulates that the countries that recognize it should break diplomatic relations with Taiwan.