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US forces ‘would defend Taiwan’ in face of Chinese invasion, Joe Biden says in candid interview

American President Joe Biden stated that US forces would defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion. These are his strongest statements yet on the subject.

In a television interview, he was asked if America would defend the island claimed by China. He replied bluntly, “Yes, if there were an unprecedented attack.”

The US has remained steadfast in its policy of “strategic uncertainty” and has not stated whether it will respond militarily to an attack.

When Mr. Biden was asked if he meant that US forces would defend Taiwan against Chinese invasion (unlike in Ukraine), he replied “Yes”.


CBS 60 Minutes interviewed a president who appeared to be willing to compromise long-standing US policies on Taiwan. This includes a pledge to a One China policy in which Washington recognizes Beijing, but not Taipei.

Biden’s comments will anger Beijing. Beijing was furious at Nancy’s visit to Taiwan.

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China conducted its largest ever military exercises in Taiwan after this visit.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to bring democratically-governed Taiwan under Beijing’s control and has

Not ruled out the possibility of using force.

Image Joe Biden chatting virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the last year

Xi, in a July phone call with Mr Biden, warned against playing with fire on the island and said that “those who play around with fire will perish”.

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When asked last October if the United States would defend Taiwan, the president replied: “Yes, that’s what we have committed to do.” However, a spokesperson for the White House stated that he wasn’t announcing any changes in US policy. Experts dismissed the statement as a “gaffe”.


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