White House defends President Joe Biden’s remarks that the US military will defend Taiwan In the event of a Chinese invasion, he said he was answering a “hypothetical question” that was not a reflection of any change in the US ‘One China’ policy.
In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday, Biden reiterated a previous pledge to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion.
CNN said the comments marked another example of the president venturing beyond the United States’ long-term policy of “strategic ambiguity” on the issue.
“As the president said in his interview on “60 Minutes”, we stand behind the One China policy. We stand against a unilateral change in the status quo. And we stand for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” the US national Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at a White House news conference.
Under the “One China” policy, the US accepts China’s position that Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially recognized the Communist Party’s claim of the 23 million self-governing island.
In response to a question on Biden’s recent interview, Sullivan said, “The president has reiterated the basic commitments he has made to Taiwan, at every opportunity he has spoken about Taiwan, in which he specifically and strongly and clearly in this interview.” The one China policy is strengthened and reiterated.”
“He was asked a hypothetical question in this interview. He was asked a very similar question in Tokyo in May. Sullivan said he had given a similar answer in Tokyo in May in what he called a “60 Minutes” interview. was given in
“After that reply in Tokyo, someone asked him specifically, “Have you just announced a major policy change?” And he said, “No, I haven’t. I have answered a hypothetical question. I have not announced a change in policy.”
When the President of the United States wants to announce a policy change, he will do so. He hasn’t, Sullivan said.
He said Biden is a simple man.
“He gave a hypothetical answer. He has responded in a similar way before. And he has also made it clear that he has not changed US policy towards Taiwan,” Sullivan said.
“He stands behind the historic US policy toward Taiwan that has existed through Democratic and Republican administrations and has helped maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits for decades,” he said.
Meanwhile, in an interview to CBS News, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that the US will continue to engage with the Chinese on the Security Council.
“But from what Beijing should understand from the President’s statement, we have not changed the policy. We still support the One China policy, but we are also clear in terms of protecting Taiwan’s right to exist, and the President said on Sunday. Ko was clear in his statement on 60 Minutes,” she insisted.
Hours after Biden’s remarks, China made it clear to Washington on Monday that it would not tolerate any activity aimed at dividing the country and would take “necessary measures” to protect its sovereignty.