Daily Mail UK
White House advisers were forced to ‘clarify’ a comment by Joe Biden that the US would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack by China, in breach of a longstanding policy that states otherwise.
‘Yes,’ he responded when asked in a CNN town hall about defending Taiwan. ‘We have a commitment to that.’
Biden’s statement was at odds with the long-held US policy known as ‘strategic ambiguity,’ where Washington helps build Taiwan’s defenses but does not explicitly promise to come to the island’s help in the event of an attack. More