Mr. Biden: US will intervene militarily if Taiwan is attacked

Mr Biden said Washington would intervene militarily if Beijing attacked Taiwan, arguing that China had no right to take the island by force.

“Yes, that is the commitment we have made,” US President Joe Biden said at a news conference in the Japanese capital of Tokyo today after being asked whether the US was prepared to intervene militarily if China attempted to intervene Retake island of Taiwan by force or not.

“We accept the One China policy, but the idea of ​​using force to control Taiwan is not appropriate. That would destabilize the entire region, similar to what is happening in Ukraine. China has no right to take the island of Taiwan by force,” Biden said, saying Beijing will not attack the island of Taiwan.

The US president also warned that China is running a risk by sending large numbers of planes near the island of Taiwan’s airspace and holding naval exercises in the region.

President Biden during a press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister May 23 in Tokyo.  Photo: AFP.

President Biden during a press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister May 23 in Tokyo. Picture: AFP.

Following Biden’s comments, an unnamed White House official said there had been no change in US policy toward Taiwan. “The President said our position has not changed. He reiterated the one-China policy and US commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The President also mentioned US commitment to the Tao. Taiwan Relations Act, under which Washington will provide military equipment to Taipei for self-defense,” the official said.

President Biden said in October 2021 that the United States would support the defense of Taiwan should the Chinese military attack the island. This contradicts the long-standing US policy of “strategic ambiguity,” in which Washington is helping build self-defense capabilities for the island of Taiwan but has made no promises to militarily defend the island to avoid anger from Beijing.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference today that Beijing is “ready to protect national interests on the Taiwan issue.” “No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s unwavering determination, steadfast will and strong ability in upholding national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wang said.

China has always viewed Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and has vowed to use force if necessary. Recently, the Chinese military has steadily increased military pressure on Taiwan through traditional and non-traditional means. In addition to flights near the island with a record number of planes, the Chinese military also conducted many landing exercises to occupy the coast near Taiwan.

The United States has had no legal obligation to assist Taiwan in the event of an island attack since it established diplomatic ties with China in 1979, recognized the One China Policy, and recognized the island. Taiwan is part of China.

vu appendix (Corresponding Reuters)