WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – President Biden said on Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan. The White House quickly walked back the president’s comments, but not before it drew a sharp response from Chinese officials.
This is the third time the administration has clarified President Biden’s comments implying that the U.S. military would intervene in Taiwan.
President Biden is standing by his comments expressing support for Taiwan.
“We support the ‘One China’ policy, we support all that we’ve done in the past, but that does not mean that China has the jurisdiction to go in and use force to take over Taiwan,” President Biden explained.
The administration is clarifying that the president’s remarks do not express a change in U.S. policy.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said “he reiterated that policy in our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Secretary Austin added that the U.S. has a longstanding pledge to support and aid Taiwan.
“He also highlighted our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act,” Austin said.
The Taiwan Relations Act says the U.S. is not required to defend Taiwan militarily but is required to ensure it has to resources to defend itself.
Under the One China policy, the U.S. acknowledges—without endorsing–China’s position that Taiwan is part of China.
A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to President Biden’s remarks and said China will not allow any external forces to interfere with internal affairs.
Meanwhile Officials in Taiwan thanked President Biden for his support.
- Josh Duggar transferred to federal facility
- Rockets welcome their new young class to Houston
- Bill Clinton: Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision has ‘put our democracy at risk’
- Stolen Airpods help lead police to car theft suspect, officials say
- Court temporarily blocks FDA ban on sale of Juul e-cigarettes
- How climate change is making fires worse
- More security for SCOTUS after Roe tossed
- Netflix lays off 300 employees in second round of mass job cuts