US President Joe Biden on Monday said that his country would respond militarily if China invades Taiwan. Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, Biden said ‘that’s the commitment we made’, reported news agency The Associated Press.
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.
Under the ‘One China’ policy, the US recognises Beijing as the government of China and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, it maintains unofficial contacts with Taiwan, including a de facto embassy in Taipei, the capital. The U.S. also supplies military equipment for the island’s defence.
Biden’s comment is seen as one of the most forceful and overt statements in support of Taiwan in decades. Notably, China has long wondered how the world might react to a conflict in Taiwan in the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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