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US forces will defend Taiwan against China invasion, says Joe Biden

Reacting to Biden's interview with CBS News, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said the remarks seriously violated the 'one China' policy and three joint communiques related to Taiwan

Joe Biden

The United States has long stuck to a policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ and not making clear whether it would respond militarily to an attack on Taiwan

Reuters Washington
US President Joe Biden said US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, his most explicit statement on the issue, drawing an angry response from China that said it sent the wrong signal to those seeking an independent Taiwan.

Asked in a CBS 60 Minutes interview broadcast whether US forces would defend the democratically governed island claimed by China, he replied: “Yes, if in fact, there was an unprecedented attack.”

Asked to clarify if he meant that unlike in Ukraine, US forces —  American men and women —would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese

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First Published: Sep 19 2022 | 10:07 PM IST

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