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US will defend Taiwan with military Force if attacked by China: Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday said he would agree to use force to protect Taiwan, which would make him grateful to the democratic, self-governing island – but harsh criticism from China.

Asked at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida whether the US would be ready to defend Taiwan if it was attacked, Biden replied, “Yes.”

“That’s the commitment we made,” Biden said. “We agree with the ‘one China’ policy. We got into it. All minister agreements are made there. But the idea that that can be taken by force, taken by force. No, it is not. ”

On his first trip to Japan since taking office, Biden said it was unthinkable for such an event to take place.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry thanked Biden for confirming US support for the island in the event of Beijing’s invasion.

However, China’s Foreign Ministry has expressed “strong dissatisfaction and strong opposition” to the statement, before adding that Beijing has no room for compromise or compromise on issues of territorial integrity and integrity.

“No one should undermine the strong will, the strong will, and the strong will of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and local integrity, and not oppose the 1.4 billion Chinese people,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

Taiwan and China are separated by the Taiwan Strait, which is only about 100 miles [160 km] wide at its narrowest point. China says Taiwan is part of its territory and has been pressuring the democratic island to accept its rule.

Break is ‘misunderstood’
Biden’s comments appeared to violate Washington’s long-standing tradition of “strategic ambiguity” in Taiwan, where the White House was deliberately unsure whether it would help the island if China invaded. The purpose of the policy was to prevent a large country from taking military action, unless the US is committed to war.

A White House official said Biden’s comments did not indicate policy flexibility.

Under the “one-China” policy, the basis of the communication relationship between Washington and Beijing, the US officially recognizes China’s position that there is only one Chinese government.

However, the US also maintains “weak and illegal relations” with Taiwan, and Washington provides military supplies on the island in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. This action does not require that the U.S. intervene militarily to protect Taiwan in the event of China’s invasion, but we make it a goal to ensure that the island has defensive resources and to prevent Beijing from joining the island independently.

China has intensified its military alliance with Taiwan in recent years in an apparent attempt to intimidate what it sees as a corrupt province in order to accommodate Bejing’s demands to join the continent.

Taiwan, as well as a view of the island with the lens of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, appeared several times throughout the news conference of Biden and Kishida.

The Japanese leader said the position of both countries in Taiwan had not changed and “emphasized the importance of peace and stability in Taiwan Straits, which is an important part of international peace and prosperity.”

Earlier this year, another political analyst identified tensions between the US and China over Taiwan as a major threat to Asia by 2022.

Biden is considering lowering China prices
The US president also said he was considering reducing consumer prices in China. “We have not set any of these costs imposed by the final management and are being considered,” Biden said.

Biden’s comments come shortly after US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen suggested that the measures be considered in view of the potential impact on inflation.

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