‘No change in our policy’ — Psaki walks back Biden comments on Taiwan

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday appeared to back down from comments made by President Joe Biden last evening in which he said the US would defend Taiwan if the island was attacked by the People’s Republic of China.

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On Thursday, Mr Biden was speaking at a CNN television town hall in Baltimore, Maryland, when a participant asked him if he could “swear to defend Taiwan”.

Mr Biden replied: “Yes”.

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When moderator Anderson Cooper asked him if he was saying the US would come to Taiwan’s defense if attacked, Mr Biden again said “yes” and added: “We have a commitment to do that”.

Since 1972, the United States’ stance toward Taiwan has been based on a joint communiqué issued by the US and People’s Republic of China governments during then-President Richard Nixon’s visit to the PRC, as well as two others issued in 1979 and 1982. Huh.

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While the US has acknowledged that “there is Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait, but one is China and Taiwan is a part of China,” Washington has never explicitly acknowledged whether Taiwan is a sovereign state or Beijing’s claims. recognized its validity. island.

The US has also sold arms to Taiwan for many years, while any commitment to defend the island in the event of an invasion has been implicit and vague to avoid angering Beijing.

Mr Biden’s remarks on Thursday would mark a significant change in the US currency towards the island, but Ms Psaki insisted there was no such change.

“The president was not announcing any changes to our policy, nor has he made the decision to change our policy,” Ms. Psaki said. “Our defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act – certain principles of the Taiwan Relations Act that the United States will continue to adhere to … assisting Taiwan in maintaining adequate self-defense capability”.

Ms. Saki noted that under the Taiwan Relations Act, the US “considers any attempt to determine the future of Taiwan other than by peaceful means as a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific and a serious concern to the United States”. Will obey”.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Taiwan

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