Biden: US would send military to defend Taiwan if China were to invade

Written by on May 23, 2022

President Joe Biden stated Monday that the US would come to Taiwan’s protection militarily if China invades and tries to take over the self-ruled island by force.

“That is the dedication we made,” Biden stated in a information convention in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

U.S. relations with the island are ruled by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which outlines the U.S. dedication to assist Taiwan keep its navy protection. It doesn’t require the U.S. to intervene militarily – which Biden has dominated out in Ukraine. 

After Biden made an identical remark about defending Taiwan in October, the White Home emphasized there was no change in policy. 

On Monday, Biden and Kishida stated they nonetheless help the “One China” policy that acknowledges there is just one Chinese language authorities.

“However that doesn’t imply that China has the jurisdiction to go in and use power to take over Taiwan,” Biden stated. “It’ll dislocate the complete area.”

That is one of many the reason why, he stated, Russia should pay a “pricey worth” for its invasion of Ukraine. If Russia is just not held accountable, Biden stated, “then what sign does that ship to China about the price of trying, of trying, to take Taiwan by power?”

“They’re already flirting with hazard proper now by flying so shut and all of the maneuvers they’ve undertaken.”

Whereas the U.S. is closely arming Ukraine’s navy and offering intelligence help, Biden has maintained he will not ship troops to battle towards Russian forces. That might danger a world battle with a nuclear energy. 

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US President Joe Biden attends a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 23, 2022.

China views Taiwan as a part of its territory, whereas Taiwan sees itself as an unbiased, sovereign nation. The U.S. has lengthy tried to navigate a fraught center floor that goals to help Taiwan with out infuriating China.

However the Biden administration has rebuked Beijing for its navy aggression towards Taiwan, which has included sending warplanes into the island’s air protection zone.

One of many functions of Biden’s five-day journey to Asia was to ship the message that he is nonetheless being attentive to the area regardless of the battle in Ukraine.

He has a detailed ally in Japan, which has performed a significant function within the worldwide coalition supporting Ukraine and is boosting its protection finances as tensions improve within the Indo-Pacific. 

“Peace and stability have to be upheld and defended,” Kishida stated, talking by an interpreter. He stated Japan has “full confidence” within the U.S. response, together with “prolonged deterrence.”

“The true worth of the Japan-U.S. alliance is being examined extra stringently than ever earlier than,” he stated.

Biden on Monday backed Japan’s need to develop into a everlasting member of the U.N. Safety Council. 

He stated Japan has been an “excellent associate” all through the disaster in Ukraine.

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