President Biden vows to protect Taiwan if attacked by China

President Biden spoke with voters at a meeting called by CNN.

President Biden spoke with voters at a meeting called by CNN.

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President Joe biden said Thursday that USA I was committed to standing up for Taiwan if attacked by China, a stance that seems opposed to the US policy of “strategic ambiguity,” during a televised event with voters hosted by CNN.

When asked twice during the CNN meeting whether the United States would protect Taiwan if China attacked, Biden said it would, CNN reported.

“China, Russia, they know that the United States has the most powerful military in the world,” Biden said.

Asked by presenter Anderson Cooper on whether USA would defend militarily Taiwan Yes China decides to invade the island, Biden He replied: “Yes, we have a commitment.”

Biden has made similar statements in the past, only for the White House to say that long-standing American policy had not changed toward the island. USA provides defensive weapons to TaiwanBut it has been intentionally ambiguous about whether it would intervene militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.

Tension between the United States and China over Taiwan has risen in recent weeks as a result of military advances by both parties.

China carried out a series of air raids near Taiwan, while the United States acknowledged that it has assigned a small contingent of military personnel on the island for at least a year to train local forces.

In this way, The US and China are pushing the status quo created in 1979 to the limit, when Washington recognized Beijing as the only Chinese government with the understanding that Taiwan would have a peaceful future.

All this has created a rarefied climate in the region, which has caused relations between Taipei and Beijing to go through its worst moment in the last four decades, according to local Taiwanese authorities.

Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng went so far as to affirm that China it will be “capable of organizing a large-scale invasion” of the island by 2025, which has set off alarms in Washington.

Biden said Thursday it was not concerned about an intentional military conflict with China, but indicated he was concerned about an inadvertent escalation, according to CNN.

President Biden, citing his relationship with the president of China, Xi Jinping, said it did not seek to enter into a protracted conflict.

“I have spoken and spent more time with Xi Jinping than any other world leader. This is why you hear people say that Biden wants to start a new cold war with China. I don’t want a cold war with China. I want China to understand that we are not going to step back and change any of our views. “

With information from CNN and EFE

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