Joe Biden claims that US will protect Taiwan if Chinese forces attack

Joe Biden claims that US will protect Taiwan if Chinese forces attack

Amid the ongoing tiff between China and Taiwan US President Joe Biden has announced that US forces would be ready to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, in a sensational statement that is bound to gather flak from Beijing.

Following his stance, the White House reiterated that based on President’s claims none of the country’s policies toward Taiwan had been changed.

It is reportedly the first time the Biden and his government has gone public with his stance of reaching beyond the long-standing policy on Taiwan, albeit being clearer than his previous statements on the issue.

For those unaware, the United States of America has always maintained a ‘strategic ambiguity’ thus not making it clear on whether it would initiate a military attack on China in the event of any untoward invasions in Taiwan.

In addition, Mr. Biden claimed that US was not in support with Taiwanese independence and that it officially recognizes Beijing and not Taipei as the capital under the ‘One China Policy’.

On the flip side however, Biden’s claims are bound to anger Beijing, which carried out a series of unprecedented attacks throughout Taiwan, following the US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August this year.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to bring the democratic Taiwan under the thumb of Beijing and is expected to use the country’s militia to fulfill his ambition.

In October last year, on the persistent question of whether US would come forth and defend Taiwan, the former responded in an affirmative stance. However, by law, the United States is required to provide a military backup to Taiwan in times of need.

This proclamation did bode well with Xi Jinping who commented in July claiming that those who play with fire are bound to be perished by it.

However, Biden’s Asia Policy behemoth, Kurt Campbell, is not in favor of these claims as according to him, going forth with this plan would have severe repercussions on US survival.

Source Credits: - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/joe-biden-repeats-claim-that-us-forces-would-defend-taiwan-if-china-attacked