The US would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan

TOKYO – President Joe Biden said Monday the US would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan, saying the burden of protecting Taiwan was “even greater” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ruled for decades.

Biden said “yes” at a news conference in Tokyo when asked if he was willing to take a military part in defending Taiwan should China invade. “That’s the commitment we made,” he added.

The US has traditionally avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defense agreement. The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which governs US relations with the island, does not require the US to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades, but makes it American policy to ensure that Taiwan has Has resources to defend itself and prevent unilateral action Beijing’s status change in Taiwan.


Biden’s comments are likely to provoke a sharp reaction from the mainland, which claims Taiwan is a rogue province.

A White House official said Biden’s comments did not reflect a policy change.

Speaking to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said that any effort by China to use force against Taiwan is “simply not appropriate,” adding that it “will derail the entire region and be one more action similar to what happened in Ukraine”.

China has stepped up military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years to intimidate it into accepting Beijing’s demands for unification with the communist mainland.

“They are already flirting with the danger because they are flying so close and all the maneuvers that are being undertaken,” Biden said of China.

As part of the “One China” policy, the US recognizes Beijing as the government of China and has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, the US maintains unofficial contacts, including a de facto embassy in the capital, Taipei, and is supplying military equipment to help defend the island.


Biden said it was his “expectation” that China would not attempt to take Taiwan by force, but he said the assessment “depends on how strongly the world makes it clear that this type of action will lead to long-term disapproval by the public.” who will lead the rest of the community.”

He added that deterring China from attacking Taiwan is one reason why it is important that Russian President Vladimir Putin “pay a heavy price for his barbarism in Ukraine” lest China and other nations jump on the idea come to the conclusion that such an approach is acceptable.

Fearing an escalation with nuclear-armed Russia, Biden was quick to rule out bringing US forces into direct conflict with Russia, but he has provided billions of dollars in US military aid that has helped Ukraine face a stronger-than-expected resistance to carry out the Russian attack.

Biden’s comments came just before he officially launched a long-awaited Indo-Pacific trade deal that excludes Taiwan.


White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed Sunday that Taiwan is not among the governments that have signed the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which aims to allow the US to work more closely with key Asian economies on issues like supply chains and digital trade, clean energy and anti-corruption.

The inclusion of Taiwan would have angered China.

Sullivan said the US wants to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan on a one-to-one basis.


Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

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