President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger’ after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Biden was speaking in Tokyo at a conference with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if China invaded. “That’s the commitment we made,” he added.
Noting that the US didn’t want to “get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons,” a reporter asked “are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?”
“Yes,” Biden said almost wistfully.
“You are,” the reporter confirms.
“That’s the commitment we made,” Biden said. “That’s the commitment we made. We are not—look. Here’s the situation: we agree with the One China policy, we’ve signed onto it, and all of the attendant agreements made from there.
“But the idea that, that it could be taken by force, just taken by force, is just not appropriate. It will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine. And so it’s a burden that is even stronger,” Biden said.
Biden again looked lost and his aides again had a hard time controlling what POTUS will say next.
From the video, we can tell that Biden is afraid and his quick first answer which was yes, was followed by another comment which was not true!
The USA should only offer military aid if Taiwan is attacked, we are not obliged to send our soldiers to fight!
The White House is probably trying to avoid war with China at the moment as well as Biden but Biden’s cognitive decline is obvious and Biden should avoid this kind of question next time!
Past presidents have offered what The New York Times calls “strategic ambiguity” when confronted with questions about a military response to a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
Apparently, Biden’s staff was also surprised with the outright admission that the US would offer more than aid to Taiwan, as has been done in Ukraine, but actual military assistance further than arms and resources.
The US had been walking a fine line up to this point, with statements about support for Taiwan, without saying exactly what that support would entail. This statement from Biden represents a departure in the message from the White House.
A statement from the White House sought to backtrack the President’s comments, in a move that the press has become accustomed to over the past year and a half since Biden took office.
“As the president said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself,” read the statement from staff.
The U.S. traditionally has avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defense treaty, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity” about how far it would be willing to go if China invaded. The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which has governed U.S. relations with the island, does not require the U.S. to step in militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades, but makes it American policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and to prevent any unilateral change of status in Taiwan by Beijing.
Biden’s comments drew a sharp response from the mainland, which has claimed Taiwan to be a rogue province.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments. “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
He added, “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests, and we will do what we say.”
The reality is that Biden wanted to look strong in front of the world after his lame message to Korea yesterday but failed to impress yet again!
President Biden sent a STRONG message to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on his Asia visit.
"Hello, Period." pic.twitter.com/XJsTzbN5bk
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) May 22, 2022
Biden later caved again when it comes to China:
BIDEN: "I am considering" removing tariffs on communist China pic.twitter.com/e3MxD9CLgz
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 23, 2022
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