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The White House clarified several statements made by President Biden during a live town hall Thursday night, withdrawing his pledge to call in the National Guard to assist the congested supply chain and his suggestion that the United States Will protect Taiwan from possible attack. China.

The White House told Granthshala News on Friday that “it is within the purview of governors to request the use of the National Guard at the state level.”

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After Biden says we will protect Taiwan from attack, China says ‘no room for compromise’

“We are not actively advancing the use of the National Guard at the federal level,” a White House official told Granthshala News.

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The clarification came after the president Thursday night during a CNN town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper, asked whether he would consider keeping National Guardsmen drive trucks to make up for a shortage of truck drivers amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden said he would, and that he had a timetable for resolving the crisis.

“I had a timetable, first of all, I want the ports up and running,” the president said, noting his commitments from Walmart and other companies like UPS and FedEx, helping to run 24/7 operations. To calm the congested supply chain.

Asked if he wanted the National Guard to drive trucks, the president replied: “The answer is yes, if we can’t move forward to increase the number of truckers, which we are in the process of doing.”

Turning to foreign policy, the president was asked by a member of the audience about China’s recent test of a hypersonic missile and questioned whether the United States would defend Taiwan in the wake of Beijing’s attack.

“China, Russia and the rest of the world know we have the most powerful army in the history of the world. Don’t worry whether we’re going to or not – they’re going to get more powerful,” Biden said. CNN Town Hall. “You need to worry about whether they are going to engage in activities that put them in a position where they could make a serious mistake.”

Biden said he “doesn’t want a cold war with China.”

“I just want to explain to China that we are not going to back down, we are not going to change any of our views,” Biden said.

Cooper again insisted whether the US would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack, to which Biden replied: “Yes, we have a commitment to do so.”

As of Friday morning, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded to the comment via the Chinese state-affiliated Global Times.

“No one should underestimate the strong determination, determination and ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesman said. mouthpiece For the brutal communist regime. “China has no room for compromise.”

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The Global Times said China’s foreign ministry called on the US to “be cautious in words and actions” and to “avoid sending any false signals to separatists”.

But a White House spokesman told Granthshala News on Friday that the president was “not announcing any changes to our policy.”

“There is no change in our policy,” the spokesperson told Granthshala News. “US defense relations with Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act.”

“We will maintain our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral change in the status quo,” the spokesman said.

The Taiwan Relations Act, to which the United States is a party, does not guarantee that the US will engage militarily if China invades Taiwan, which it claims has been sovereign Chinese territory for decades, but states that The United States “will provide Taiwan with such defense as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain self-sustaining defense capabilities in such quantities as articles and defense services.”

US presidents have adopted a policy of “strategic ambiguity” so that China does not know what the US response would be to an attack.

Beijing views Taiwan as a separate province and claims it is part of its own territory. The two countries separated in 1949, and China has been increasing pressure on the self-governing nation by opposing its participation in international organizations such as the United Nations. The US does not formally recognize Taiwan, but maintains an informal relationship and supports its democratic government.

The Biden administration has aimed to divest its ties with China – competing in some cases while seeking cooperation on other issues, such as Climate change. But it has been clear for months that the United States will defend Taiwan, a democratic island off the coast of China.

“We have an enduring interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits. We view this as central to the security and stability of the wider Indo-Pacific region,” a senior administration official told Granthshala News in August. Return to scare Taiwan.

“We will keep our commitment under” [Taiwan Relations Act]”We will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral change in the status quo,” the official said.