U.S. officials walk back Biden’s claims to protect Taiwan from China’s attack

The administration insists there is no policy change after President Biden says the U.S. has “a commitment” to defend the island.


President Biden is never shy of saying incorrect information or saying nonsense in general. Although, President Biden did say something interesting Thursday morning in the CNN town hall. President Biden stated that the U.S. would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack. Quickly afterward, The White House clarified President Joe Biden’s comments.

China officials did not hesitate, warning the U.S. that “China has no room for compromise.” When China addressed the situation of the U.S potentially defending Taiwan, it addressed the potential future strength of the strategic ambiguity policy.

The long-standing policy of “strategic ambiguity” that essentially stated in the run-up to the 1979 diplomatic switch, the U.S. did not make Taiwan a treaty ally like Japan and South Korea, where U.S. troops would come to the defense in the event of an attack.

This is not the first time Biden has made comments defending Taiwan and the White House ensuring China that the relationship with Taiwan has not changed. After President Biden stated his commitment to defending Taiwan, a White House spokesperson subsequently stated the president’s comments had not signaled a shift in policy. This clarification also came as China urged the U.S. to “avoid sending any wrong signals.” 

In recent months, China’s aggressive posturing towards Taiwan has increased dramatically, with a record number of war plans entering the island’s air defense zone for several days in a row earlier in October. Along with China and Russia, sending a clear message a couple of days ago to Japan and the U.S. (two primary candidates to intervene in the attack on Taiwan) with vessels through the Tsugaru Strait

Although, with the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. supports the island but is not bound in a formal military alliance with Taiwan.  

With growing U.S. concern for a Taiwan-China land war, it begs the question, “who’s going to step in to defend Taiwan?” If it turns out to be the U.S., how massive of war do we anticipate will come of it?

What are your thoughts? Would you want to see the U.S. defend Taiwan from an attack from China?

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