President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger’ after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades. More
Wash Post quickly published a “clarification” of Biden’s statement.
A White House official said Biden’s comments simply reiterated a pledge made through a 1979 law that the United States would provide Taiwan with the military means for self-defense. But in the current context — a presidential visit to Seoul and Tokyo and the West’s urgent confrontation with Russia over Ukraine — the words had a more powerful resonance and prompted reactions by various countries in the region.
The United States has long maintained a policy of strategic ambiguity toward Taiwan, meaning it is deliberately unclear what it would do if it comes to defending Taiwan. The “One China” policy is a longstanding bit of diplomatic legerdemain under which the U.S. recognizes China’s position that there is only one Chinese government.
China has filed its objection. Here