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US President Joe Biden said that American troops would defend Taiwan from an invasion attempt by China, marking at the very least the fourth time he’s got made that assertion. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/UPI | License Photo
Sept. 19 (UPI) — U.S. President Joe Biden repeated his assertion that American forces would defend Taiwan militarily against an attempted invasion by China, a declare that he’s got made many times during his administration.
Biden made the remarks Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes” when asked by interviewer Scott Pelley if U.S. forces would defend the democratic island of 23 million.
“Yes, if actually there is an unprecedented attack,” Biden said. He confirmed that U.S. troops will be mixed up in response, unlike in Ukraine.
The comments from Biden are in least the fourth time he’s got explicitly said that america would intervene militarily if China were to attack Taiwan, an apparent departure from Washington’s official policy of “strategic ambiguity.”
He last made the statement throughout a visit to Asia in-may, drawing an angry reaction from China, which warned america against “using fire.” Beijing views Taiwan as a wayward province that it has vowed to retake by force, if necessary.
As in previous cases, White House officials quickly followed up with a clarification, telling CBS that the administration’s policy toward Taiwan “have not changed.”
However, the president’s remarks usually do not seem to be a slip of the tongue, in accordance with analysts.
Biden’s statement “can’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been hearing him the final 12 months,” Sean King, senior vice president at New York-based political consultancy Park Strategies, told UPI.
“His comments come in line with general U.S. thinking on Taiwan right now,” King said. “Also, I’m sure Beijing because of its part already just assumes the U.S. would intervene in virtually any Taiwan conflict as long as Taipei doesn’t instigate it.”
Washington has strengthened its support for Taipei in the wake of increasing provocations from China in addition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Tensions reached new heights last month when U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei, which a furious China taken care of immediately with an enormous show of military force, including several days of live-fire combat exercises and missile launches on the island.
Biden said on Sunday that america still abides by the “One China” policy, which recognizes Beijing’s position that there surely is only 1 Chinese government.
Washington will not accept Beijing’s claim of sovereignty over Taiwan, however, and sells weapons to Taipei under a 1979 law that stipulates threats to the island are “of grave concern.”
“Taiwan makes their very own judgments about their independence,” Biden said. “We’re not encouraging their being independent … that’s their decision.”
Earlier this month, hawaii Department approved a $1.1 billion package of arms sales to Taiwan, including a surveillance radar system and 60 anti-ship Harpoon missiles. The Chinese Embassy in Washington called on america to revoke the offer, saying it “severely jeopardizes” bilateral relations and warning of “counter-measures.”
The other day, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced a security bill that delivers $6.5 billion in military assistance and designates Taiwan as a “major non-NATO ally.”