US President Joe Biden stated on Thursday that “US troop would protect Taiwan as we have a commitment to defend the island.”
Biden was asked at the CNN town hall will the United States come to the defense of Taiwan, he answered by saying “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said “Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory which means it is purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign interventions.”
The US government maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” over the years on weather it would intervene to protect Taiwan in the event of Chinese attack.
The White House also later told there is no change in our policy on Taiwan meanwhile in August a Biden administration officer said US policy on Taiwan has not changed after the president appeared to suggest it would defend the island if it were attacked.
“The US defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defence,” White House spokesperson told.
China also expressed their resentment by saying Beijing has no room for compromise or make concessions.
Taiwan’s presidential office said its position remained the same, which is that it will neither give in to pressure nor “rashly advance” when it gets support.
Taiwan will show a firm determination to defend itself, presidential office spokesperson Xavier Chang said in a statement, adding that the Biden administration’s continued concrete actions show its “rock-solid” support for Taiwan.
Bonnie Glaser, a Taiwan expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, called Biden’s remark a “gaffe” and said it was “patently not true” that Washington has a commitment to defend Taiwan.
“Some are suggesting a deliberate effort to send unclear signals, but in my view, that makes no sense. A confused U.S. policy weakens deterrence,” she said, noting that Biden’s Asia policy czar, Kurt Campbell, had rejected “strategic clarity” over Taiwan. (Inputs from News Agency)