In one of the most robust and overt remarks in support of Taiwan in decades. US President Joe Biden declared on Monday that. He would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan and that the US stands with other nations to ensure China cannot use force in Taiwan. Thus, he went on to say that China is playing with fire in Taiwan by flying dangerously close to the island.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden said the responsibility to preserve the self-ruled island was “much greater.”
President Biden warns
Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, Biden said, “That’s the commitment we made.” He said an effort by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate,” saying it “will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”
The United States acknowledges Beijing as China’s government and has no diplomatic connections with Taiwan under the “One China” policy. It does, however, retain unofficial relations with Taiwan, including a de facto embassy in Taipei. The United States also provides military hardware for the island’s protection.
“We agreed with the One China policy. We signed on to it… But the idea that it can be taken by force is just not appropriate”. He said.
Biden is visiting Asia for the first time since assuming office. As concerns about China’s assertiveness and reach across security and supply systems rise.
In terms of sanctions imposed on Moscow by the US and its allies, President Joe Biden also stated that Russia “needs to pay a long-term price” for its “barbarism in Ukraine.”
He said that if. After any future rapprochement between Russia and Ukraine. “The sanctions are not continued to be sustained in many ways. Then what signal does that send to China about the cost of attempting to take Taiwan by force?”
The US President also praised Japan’s intention to strengthen its defence capabilities, promising to work closely with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to oppose China’s growing influence in Asia.