- Biden Again Vows US Forces Would Defend Taiwan If China Invades
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
President Joe Biden issued a surprisingly blunt response when asked in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview what the US reaction would be if China decided to invade Taiwan. Biden answered “yes” when asked whether American forces would defend the self-ruled island if it came under Chinese military invasion. “Yes, if, in fact, there was an unprecedented attack,” he said in a sit-down with Scott Pelley, which aired in full Sunday night.
However, Biden was quick to reiterate that the US maintains a “One China” policy and doesn’t currently support Taiwan’s political independence. But he was asked again to clarify if, unlike in Ukraine, the US military would intervene directly in the event of a Chinese invasion, to which the president replied: “Yes.”
This and other similar public comments saying the US would get militarily involved, which are contradictory to the longtime official stance of Washington, resulted in quick clarification from the White House:
“The President has said this before, including in Tokyo earlier this year,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement to news outlets. “He also made clear then that our Taiwan policy hasn’t changed. That remains true.”
His staff had in May scrambled to walk back similar comments. He had said when asked if the US was ready to intervene if China attacked Taiwan: “Yes… That’s the commitment we made.” Of course that left reporters scratching their heads over just what “commitment” the United States had ever made in that regard.
Q: “But would U.S. forces defend the island?"
Biden: “Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
Q: “So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir. U.S. forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?"
Biden: “Yes.” https://t.co/ZPzyQKVCUe
— Hümeyra Pamuk (@humeyra_pamuk) September 19, 2022