US President Joe Biden promises to send troops if China ever invades Taiwan

US President Joe Biden said the United States would send troops to defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China.

These statements appear to confirm a hardening of Washington’s support for the island and a departure from its policy of not betraying whether it would engage in a war.

Asked during a 60 minutes In an interview aired on CBS Sunday on whether U.S. forces would defend the democratic island of 23.5 million that China claims as its own, Mr. Biden replied, “Yes, if indeed there was an unprecedented attack.”

When asked if he thought that unlike in Ukraine, US military personnel would intervene to defend Taiwan, he replied with a resounding “yes”.

China’s foreign ministry said the comments “seriously violate” US policy toward Taiwan.

Beijing recently launched its largest-ever military drills around the island in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

For decades, the US has maintained a policy of so-called “strategic ambiguity” toward Taiwan, under which its leaders have left it unclear whether they would respond militarily to an invasion.

The Chinese Communist Party claims Taiwan as part of its own territory, although it has never ruled the democratic island, which functions as its own government and military.

Washington’s “One China” policy recognizes Beijing’s position on Taiwan, but does not officially recognize the claim.

Meanwhile, US law requires Washington to provide the island with the means of self-defense.

Mr. Biden appears to have been pushing US politics in a more confrontational direction for several months. His comments were the fourth hint he has given that the US military would intervene to defend Taiwan.

Whenever White House officials have taken action to tone down or attempt to retract the President’s statements, they have said official policy has not changed.

The media initially dismissed Mr Biden’s remarks as a “blip,” an example of the veteran politician’s tendency to misrepresent himself.

But the president’s latest explicit statement instead appears to show that Washington’s policy toward the island is being subtly modified, analysts said.

“The comment was not a ‘blip’ but a ‘solidification of US commitment to Taiwan,'” said Dr. Sana Hashmi from the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation.

“While this does not yet signal toward strategic clarity or even a move away from strategic ambiguity, it is becoming increasingly clear that the US will not sit idly by when China attacks Taiwan,” she said.

“The President’s comments should be understood as part of the US strategy to deter China. Now such assurances backed by action are critical as China has changed the status quo and cross-strait aggression continues to escalate.”

Last week, the CIA said Chinese President Xi Jinping had ordered the military to be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027 – but had not yet decided whether to launch an invasion.

Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the United States’ German Marshall Fund, who coined the term “strategic confusion” to refer to the apparent conflict between Mr. Biden and official policy, said: “If President Biden plans to close Taiwan defend, then he should ensure that the US military is able to do so.” (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] US President Joe Biden promises to send troops if China ever invades Taiwan

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