Joe Biden assured that the US will intervene militarily if China tries to take Taiwan by force

US President Joe Biden from Japan

The American President, Joe Biden affirmed today that this country would intervene militarily in case Beijing “tries to take Taiwan by force”during a press conference held in Tokyo.

“The United States has pledged to support the ‘one China’ position, but that does not mean that China has the jurisdiction to use force to take Taiwan,” Biden said when asked about this possibility during an appearance before the media as part of his visit to Japan.

“Yes. We are committed to it”The US president responded to the question of whether the United States would intervene militarily in a potential Chinese invasion of the island, which Beijing considers an “inalienable” part of its territory.

Biden claimed that China “is already flirting with low-flying and other maneuvers” around Taiwan, and compared a hypothetical invasion of the island to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

The sanctions applied by the international community to Russia “send a message about the cost of trying to take Taiwan by force”, something that “would result in long-term condemnation,” warned the White House president.

Biden addressed the situation in Taiwan with the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, during the summit held today in Tokyo, which was focused on closer cooperation in the face of the challenges presented by China or North Korea in the region.

The presidents of the USA, Joe Biden and of Japan, Fumio Kishida
The presidents of the USA, Joe Biden and of Japan, Fumio Kishida

Both promised that they will strengthen their collaboration in the face of “China’s increasingly coercive behavior” and North Korean weapons developments, which they described as a “challenge to their security.”

Tokyo and Washington consider that certain actions by Beijing “violate international law” and promised to “monitor its military actions” in the Asia-Pacific region, including its joint maneuvers with Russia.

Along the same lines, they stressed their opposition to “any attempt to change the ‘status quo’ by force in the East China Sea and the South China Sea,” Kishida said.

“The invasion of Ukraine has led us to reaffirm this commitment so that there is no such unilateral attempt in the region”said the Japanese prime minister.

The Japanese leader also underlined the joint position that “the situation in Taiwan should not change”, pointed out that the allies defend “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”, and showed his “full confidence in a response from the United States ” in case of a conflict on the island.

The White House president also highlighted the need to “guarantee freedom of navigation in the Pacific” and to increase “the deterrence capabilities” of the two allies.

In this sense, Kishida conveyed to Biden his desire to “increase the national defense capabilities and budget”, and to open the debate on expanding Japan’s military powers “in order to be able to attack enemy bases in a preventive manner”.

(With information from EFE)

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