Monday, July 4

Biden says US would intervene militarily if China tries to take Taiwan by force

US President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States will intervene militarily if Beijing “attempts to take Taiwan by force.”

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“The United States has committed to supporting the ‘one China’ position, but that does not mean that China has the jurisdiction to use force to take Taiwan,” Biden said when asked about this possibility during a media appearance during his visit to Tokyo, Japan.

“Yes. We are committed to it,” the US president responded to the question of whether the United States would intervene militarily in a potential Chinese invasion of the island, which Beijing considers an “inalienable” part of its territory.

Biden claimed that China “is already flirting with low-flying and other maneuvers” around Taiwan, and compared a hypothetical invasion of the island to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

The sanctions applied by the international community to Russia “send a message about the cost of trying to take Taiwan by force”, something that “would result in long-term condemnation,” warned the White House president.

Biden made a similar comment about defending Taiwan last October, after which a White House spokesman had to clarify that the president was not announcing any change in US policy.

The president’s remarks on Monday seem to move away from the current US policy of “strategic ambiguity” about his position on Taiwan, but shortly after he spoke a White House spokesman said there is “no change” in Taiwan policy. USA with Taiwan. “As the president said, our policy has not changed,” he said, as reported by Guardian.

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Biden addressed the situation in Taiwan with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during the summit held on Monday in Tokyo, which focused on closer cooperation in the face of the challenges presented by China or North Korea in the region.

Both promised that they will strengthen their collaboration in the face of “China’s increasingly coercive behavior” and North Korean weapons developments, which they described as a “challenge to their security.”

Tokyo and Washington consider that certain actions by Beijing “violate international law” and promised to “monitor its military actions” in the Asia-Pacific region, including its joint maneuvers with Russia.

Along the same lines, they stressed their opposition to “any attempt to change the status quo by force in the East China Sea and the South China Sea,” Kishida said.

“The invasion of Ukraine has led us to reaffirm this commitment so that there is no such unilateral attempt in the region,” the Japanese prime minister said.

The Japanese leader also underlined the joint position that “the situation in Taiwan should not change”, pointed out that the allies defend “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”, and showed his “full confidence in a response from the United States ” in case of a conflict on the island.

The White House president also highlighted the need to “guarantee freedom of navigation in the Pacific” and to increase “the deterrence capabilities” of the two allies.

In this sense, Kishida conveyed to Biden his desire to “increase the national defense capabilities and budget”, and to open the debate on expanding Japan’s military powers “in order to be able to attack enemy bases in a preventive manner”.