You Vote: Should the U.S. defend Taiwan if China invades?
Biden says American military would intervene in event of invasion.
President Biden said Monday the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan.
Biden was responding to a question from a reporter during a press conference in Japan.
"You didn't want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons" the reporter said. "Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?"
"Yes," Biden replied. "That's the commitment we made."
For decades, Washington has maintained a policy of "strategic ambiguity" toward Taiwan, seeking to support the democratic island and deter China from attacking it while simultaneously reassuring Beijing that Washington won't accept formal Taiwanese independence.
Biden's comments did not reflect a shift in U.S. policy, according to White House officials. However, they nonetheless prompted outcry from China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province that must submit to Chinese rule — by force if necessary.
Proponents of the current U.S. policy argue Washington should seek accommodation with China to avoid a war over Taiwan and reach a more fruitful relationship. Critics counter that the policy hasn't prevented China from becoming more aggressive and that stronger U.S. support for Taiwan is the best way to deter a Chinese invasion.
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