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US military will protect Taiwan from Chinese aggression: President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden says US forces will defend Taiwan if China tries to invade the self-governing island claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, denting official US support for island democracy. It shows. Biden said “yes” during an interview aired Sunday on CBS News’ 60 Minutes program about whether the US military, American men and women, would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.

CBS News reported that the White House said after the interview that US policy had not changed. That policy says Washington wants to settle the situation in Taiwan peacefully, but does not say whether US forces can be sent in response to a Chinese attack. Tensions are rising after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government attempted to launch missiles and fly fighter jets nearby and visit Taipei by political figures including US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry on Monday expressed its sincere gratitude to Biden for reaffirming the US government’s concrete promise of security to Taiwan. The statement said Taiwan will oppose authoritarian expansion and aggression and will deepen close security partnerships with Washington and other governments with a similar vision to safeguard regional stability. Washington is bound by federal law to see whether Taiwan has the means to defend itself, but does not say whether US forces will be sent. The United States has no formal relationship with the island but maintains informal diplomatic relations.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war that ended with the Communist Party taking control of the mainland. Both the governments say they are one country but dispute who deserves to be a national leader. Beijing criticizes official foreign contact with Taiwan’s elected government as an incentive to make its de facto independence permanent, a move the mainland says would lead to war.
Washington says it does not support formal independence for Taiwan, a stance Biden reiterated in an interview aired on Sunday.

The president said that Taiwan makes its own decisions regarding its independence. We are not encouraging them to be independent. In May, when Biden was asked at a news conference in Tokyo if he was ready to join forces militarily to defend Taiwan against an invasion of China, he said yes.

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