Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine more how six a few months ago, Biden emphasized several times that the US military strength will not fight Russian troops on Ukrainian land. Pelly put pressure on Biden on will the situation be different in in event of en attack on Taiwan.
“So, unlike Ukraine, be clearsir, the US forces are the US men as well as women – will defend Taiwan in in event of Chinese invasion? Pelly asked.
“Yes,” Biden replied.
The interview is latest of several occasions in Biden said the United States will come to Taiwan defense militarily, if China attack. Each time, White House officials emphasized that his remarks did not represent any change. in US policy.
Biden administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for discussion issuepointed to the president’s remarks made in May, when he told reporters that practice of strategic uncertainty regarding Taiwan remained. At the time, he did not specify or explicitly say that he would send American troops to Taiwan. in in event of Chinese invasion.
“He also made clear what is our Taiwan policy not changed”, official said. “What remains true”.
A State Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request. for comment Sunday.
The “60 Minutes” segment erroneously states that the United States policy since 1979, has recognized Taiwan as part of of China. Under the USAone-China policy,” American government under various administration for decades recognized Beijing view taking no position on status of sovereignty of Taiwan.
Pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act signed by President Jimmy Carter. in In 1979, the US agreed to provide Taiwan with with weapons for self-defense and “to maintain the ability of United States to resist any appeal to force or other forms of coercion that could jeopardize the safety or social or economic system, of in people on Taiwan.” language no guarantees or rules out possibility of military intervention, although the United States has long practiced “strategic ambiguity” when it comes to what it will do.
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Biden appeared to refer to the Taiwan Relations Act when asked what Chinese President Xi Jinping was doing. should know about Biden’s commitment to Taiwan.
“We agree with which we signed up for a long time ago,” Biden Pelly said. “And what is one-China policy, while Taiwan makes its own judgments about its independence. We are not moving We do not encourage their independence. It’s theirs decision”.
Tensions between the US and China and between China and Taiwan have escalated. in recent months. Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Biden sent an informal delegation of former US defense as well as national security forces to Taiwan, an attempt show that the commitment of the United States to Taiwan”remains solid rock, administration official said at the time.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) traveled last month with congressional delegation to Taipei, becoming first The Speaker of the House of Representatives will visit Taiwan after Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) did. in 1997. There is a delegation met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Pelosi have repeatedly reaffirmed the “commitment” and “enduring friendship” of the United States. with Taiwan.
US lawmakers visit Taiwan after Pelosi visit to China
The visit outraged Beijing. Under the Chinese Communist Party Beijing for decades pursued global pressure campaign diplomatically isolate Taiwan democratically elected government by poaching their diplomatic partners and violently opposing exchanges between Taipei and foreign officials.
China held an extended military exercises near Taiwan leading up before and after Pelosi’s visit, naming them warning to “provocateurs” who challenge Beijing’s claims over Taiwan. Beijing also imposed sanctions on Pelosi and her coming family and canceled military dialogues and suspended climate talks with United States.
Christian Shepard contributed to this report.