President Joe Biden said on Monday that the United States would come to the military defense of Taiwan if China invaded and attempted to take control of the self-governing island by force.
“It’s a commitment that we made,” Biden said during a Tokyo press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.
Both leaders said they always support the “One China” policy which recognizes that there is only one Chinese government.
“But that doesn’t mean China has the jurisdiction to come in and use force to take over Taiwan,” Biden said. “It will dislocate the whole region.”
This is one of the reasons why, he said, Russia has to pay a “dear price” for its invasion of Ukraine. If Russia is not held accountable, Biden continued, “then what signal does this send to China about the cost of trying, trying to take Taiwan by force?”
“They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are being undertaken,” he said.
While the United States is heavily arming the Ukrainian army, Biden has ruled out sending troops to fight the Russians. This could risk a world war with a nuclear power.
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