President Biden stated on Monday that the United States would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan, marking one of the most robust and overt expressions of American support for Taiwan in decades.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Mr. Biden stated that the responsibility to defend the island was “much greater.”
Mr. Biden confirmed, during a joint news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, that the United States will help Taiwan should China invade Taiwan.
Mr. Biden stated, “This is the pledge we made.” “We support the One China policy. We agreed to it and all agreements that followed from it. But the notion that it [Taiwan] might be seized by force, just taken by force, is simply not acceptable. It will destabilize the entire region and be comparable to what occurred in Ukraine. Therefore, it is a load that is considerably heavier.”
The president then stated that “U.S. policy toward Taiwan has not changed at all,” emphasizing his government’s commitment to “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” and preventing unilateral changes to the status quo.
Under the “One China” policy, the United States acknowledges Beijing as the government of the entire country of China and has no recognized diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Washington maintains unofficial relations with Taiwan, including a de facto embassy in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. The United States also provides defense-related military equipment to the island.