In a significant development, US President Joe Biden stated, the United States will defend Taiwan from any aggression and has a legal commitment to defend the island nation China claims as its own.
In a statement the White House said, there was no change in policy towards Taiwan.
“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” said Biden at a CNN town hall when asked whether the United States would come to the defense of Taiwan which is mounting increasing political and military pressure from China to accept its sovereignty.
By law, the United States is required to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself.
In August, the Biden Administration said, U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed and that the United States would defend Taiwan if it was attacked.
“The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” said a spokesperson for the White House.
“What you do have to worry about is whether or not they’re going to engage in activities that would put them in a position where they may make a serious mistake,” said Biden in reference to China and Russia.
“I don’t want a cold war with China. I just want China to understand that we’re not going to step back, that we’re not going to change any of our views.”
With increased Chinese belligerence, military tensions between the two countries are at their peak in more than 40 years, said Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng earlier this month.
Taiwan has made it clear that it is an independent country and will defend its freedoms and democracy.