Friday, October 22, 2021

Biden says US will defend Taiwan if China attacks - BBC News

President Joe Biden said the US would defend Taiwan if China attacked, in an apparent departure from a long-held US foreign policy position.

But a White House spokesman later told some US media outlets that his remarks did not signify a change in policy.

The US has a law which requires it to help Taiwan defend itself.

But it has been deliberately vague about what it would actually do if China were to attack Taiwan, in what is known as "strategic ambiguity".

China has yet to respond to Mr Biden's comments.

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  1. The United States would defend Taiwan if the island were attacked by China, President Joe Biden said Thursday, a declaration welcomed by the democratic island that risks fury from Beijing.

    Authoritarian China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize the island, by force if needed.

    Beijing's sabre-rattling has ramped up in recent years, exacerbating fears the island of 23 million people could become a major global flashpoint.

    At a CNN town hall, Biden was asked whether the US would come to Taiwan's defence if China invaded. "Yes," he responded. "We have a commitment to that."
    AFP

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