Biden Says US Would Intervene If China Attacks Taiwan
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President Joe Biden said the U.S. military would intervene if China were to strike against Taiwan — an eyebrow-raising remark that the White House later walked back.
At a news conference in Tokyo, a reporter asked Biden if the U.S. military would intervene if China attacked Taiwan.
“Yes — it’s a commitment we made,” Biden responded.
Per Axios, the U.S. has had a longstanding “strategic ambiguity” position regarding Taiwan. A White House official later said that Biden’s comment did not mean that position had changed, but experts believe that the president’s statement “deserves to be taken seriously.”
“It is a clear enough statement that the U.S. will not sit by if China attacks Taiwan,” said Grant Newsham, a retired Marine Corps colonel who now works as a research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies.
The U.S. was “seeking to toughen their policy but without necessarily provoking China,” said James Brown, an associate professor at Temple University Japan.