In a statement U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said made it lucidly clear that Washington and its allies would take appropriate, unspecified “action” if Beijing decides to invade and annex Taiwan.
When asked by the New York Times, at a forum, whether the US would step in and defend Taiwan in the event it is attacked by the PLA, Blinken said, Washington’s role is to make sure that Taiwan has the means to defend itself, as required under U.S. law.
“At the same time, I think it’s fair to say that we’re not alone in this determination to make sure that we preserve peace and stability in that part of the world,” said Blinken. “There are many countries, both in the region and beyond, that would see any unilateral action to use force to disrupt the status quo as a significant threat to peace and security, and they too would take action in the event that that happens.”
Last month, U.S. President Joe Biden stated, the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if it was attacked by China.
Biden’s statement comes in the wake of Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the influential House Intelligence Committee, saying the Biden Administration needs to be less ambiguous about the US obligation to defend Taiwan from any Chinese attack.
Blinken’s remarks comes ahead of a planned virtual meeting between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, which according to a source briefed on the matter at hand, could be held next week.