US President Joe Biden said Thursday, October 21 that the United States was ready to defend Taiwan militarily, in the event of an attack by China, which considers the island to be part of its territory. “Yes, we have a commitment in this direction”Joe Biden said in an exchange broadcast on CNN with voters in Baltimore.
The statement by the US president contradicts the long-standing US policy of“Strategic ambiguity”, Washington helping Taiwan build and strengthen its defenses without explicitly promising to come to its aid should an attack occur. During an interview this summer on ABC, the US president made a similar promise, speaking of“Sacred commitment” to defend NATO allies in Canada and in Europe, and “The same with Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan”.
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In the wake of Joe Biden’s statements on Thursday night, the White House told reporters that the United States’ policy towards Taiwan had failed. “Not changed”.
Do not engage in a new cold war
Asked also whether the United States would be able to respond to the development of military programs in China, Joe Biden also replied in the affirmative. “Don’t worry about whether… they’re going to be more powerful, he said. China, Russia and the rest of the world know that we have the most powerful military capability in the world. “ He did, however, express his concern over the possibility that rival countries of the United States “Engage in activities where they would make a serious mistake”. Joe Biden, however, reiterated his desire not to engage in a new cold war with Beijing.
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During a press conference Thursday, Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, when asked about the Taiwanese dossier, stressed that his country was not on the offensive. China is in the position of ” defense “. “We are fighting to maintain our sovereignty and our territorial integrity”, he said. “We should call on the United States to end such a practice. To drag Taiwan into a wall is not in anyone’s interest ”, hammered the Chinese diplomat.
China and the United States clash head-on on many issues in a Cold War climate, but the Taiwan issue is often seen as the only one likely to provoke an armed confrontation.