Joe Biden vows the US will DEFEND Taiwan if China invades

So which is it, Joe? Biden vows US troops WILL defend Taiwan if China invades – but White House maintains official policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ still stands as president sits for first TV interview in seven months

  • President Biden said he would use US soldiers to defend Taiwan if China invaded the island
  • The comments came in the president’s first 60 Minutes interview of his presidency, and the first television interview he has given in seven months
  • Biden also declared the COVID-19 pandemic officially over, and refused to comment on whether or not he planned to run for reelection in 2024

President Joe Biden vowed that the United States would use its own force to defend Taiwan if China invaded the island in an explosive 60 minutes interview on Sunday.

‘Would U.S. forces defend the island?’ 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley asked the president after pushing pushing him on the extent of his commitment to Taiwan.

‘Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack,’ Mr. Biden said.  

‘So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir,’ Pelley continued, ‘US forces, US men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?’

‘Yes,’ Biden said.

Despite the president’s black and white comments, after the interview a White House official announced the United States’ policy towards Taiwan – that a ‘strategic ambiguity’ is maintained towards the decision to defend the island – remains unchanged.

The Taiwan Relations Act also requires that the US provide munitions for Taiwan to defend itself with in the event of invasion.

‘We agree with what we signed onto a long time ago,’ Biden said in the interview. ‘And that there’s one China policy, and Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence. We are not moving – we’re not encouraging their being independent. We’re not – that – that’s their decision.’ 

President Joe Biden vowed in an explosive 60 minutes interview on Sunday that the United States would use its own force to defend Taiwan if China invaded the island

President Joe Biden vowed in an explosive 60 minutes interview on Sunday that the United States would use its own force to defend Taiwan if China invaded the island 

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