Taiwan-US relations: Biden vows to protect island in event of Chinese attack

Asked two times throughout CNN’s city center whether the United States would secure Taiwan if China assaulted, Biden stated it would.

“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” he stated.

Biden has actually made comparable declarations in the past, just to have the White Home state longstanding United States policy had actually not altered towards the island. The United States offers Taiwan protective weapons, however has actually stayed purposefully uncertain on whether it would step in militarily in case of a Chinese attack.

Under the “One China” Policy, the United States acknowledges China’s claim of sovereignty over Taiwan. In current weeks, Beijing has actually sent out lots of warplanes near into Taiwan’s Air Defense Recognition Zone (ADIZ), and Chinese President Xi Jinping has actually stated that “reunification” in between China and Taiwan was unavoidable.

A White Home main tried to clarify Biden’s talk about Taiwan after the city center, stating the President was “not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy” in his remarks about China and Taiwan.

“The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the authorities stated.

Biden stated Thursday he was not worried about a deliberate military dispute with China — however showed he was stressed over unintended escalation.

“China, Russia and the rest of the world knows we have the most powerful military in history of the world. Don’t worry about whether they’re going to be more powerful,” he stated. “But you do have to worry about whether or not they’re going to engage in activities put them in a position where they may make a serious mistake.”

Biden, mentioning his relationship with Xi, stated he wasn’t seeking to get in an extended dispute.

“I have spoken and spent more time with Xi Jinping than any other world leader has. That’s why you hear people saying Biden wants to start a new cold war with China. I don’t want a cold war with China. I want China to understand that we are not going to step back and change any of our views.”

This story has actually been upgraded with extra reporting.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.