US President Joe Biden said the United States would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan, in one of the strongest and most open statements of support for Taipei by a White House leader in decades.
Joe Biden said the obligation to protect the island became “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “This is a commitment that we have made,” the US head of state said at a press conference in Tokyo.
For the US president, the use of force by China against Taiwan “would simply not be appropriate” and would “change the entire region”, constituting an event similar to what happened in Ukraine.
Under the “One China” principle, the US recognizes Beijing as China’s legitimate government and has severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
However, Washington maintains unofficial contacts with the territory, including a de facto embassy in Taipei. The US also provides military equipment for the island’s defense.
China and Taiwan have lived as two autonomous territories since 1949 when the former Chinese nationalist government took refuge on the island after the defeat in the civil war against the communists.
Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory, despite the island operating as a sovereign political entity, and threatens to use force if the territory formally declares independence.
In recent years, hundreds of Chinese fighter jets have entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in a show of force by Beijing.
Source: With Agencies