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Biden says US will defend Taiwan if China attacks

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-10-23 03:20

Mr Biden said the US had a "commitment to do that" when asked if the US would defend Taiwan. (Photo by=Getty Images)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana]  President Joe Biden said the US would defend Taiwan if China attacked, in an apparent departure from a long-held US foreign policy position. But a White House spokesman later told some US media outlets that his remarks didn’t signify a change in policy.

The US has a law that requires it to help Taiwan defend itself. But it pursues a policy of "strategic ambiguity," where it is deliberately vague about what it would actually do if China were to attack Taiwan. China has yet to respond to Mr. Biden's comments. This is not the first time this has happened. In August, Mr. Biden appeared to suggest the same stance on Taiwan in an interview with ABC News. The White House had also said then that US policy on Taiwan had not changed.

Meanwhile, the US has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan but sells arms to it as part of its Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the US must provide the island with the means to defend itself.It has formal ties with China, and also diplomatically acknowledges China's position that there is only one Chinese government. Taiwan's presidential office has said it would neither give in to pressure nor "rashly advance" when it gets support.



 

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