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On Monday May 23rd, U.S. President Joe Biden said on his visit to Japan, the US would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan against the CCP’s growing self-confidence in the region.

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At the press conference a reporter asked Biden if the United States would defend Taiwan if it were attacked by the Chines Communist Party (CCP).  His answer was “Yes.”

Biden said, “That’s the commitment we made…We agree with a One-Chine policy. We’ve signed on to it and all the intended agreements made from there. But the idea that it (Taiwan) can be taken by force, just taken by force, is just not, is just not appropriate.”  He added that was his expectation that such an event would not happen or be attempted.

Back in October of last year, President Biden made a similar comment on defending Taiwan.  At that time, a White House spokesperson said Biden was not announcing any change in U.S. policy towards Taiwan.

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According to domestic law of the United States, the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. has an obligation to provide Taiwan with means of self-defense, that is “provide Taiwan defensive weapons,” and “maintain the ability to resist any resort to force or the use of other coercive means that endangers the Taiwanese security and the actions of the social economic system.”  But in actual expression, the U.S. has long pursued the policy of “strategic ambiguity”.  But President Biden’s two comments has refracted a clear single.

President Biden has expressed publicly the same view twice in a row, which has indicated that this policy is not “ambiguous”, at least in the current terms of the US Presidency, especially in the context of the current Ukrainians’ powerful counterattack to Russian invasion, that has given more confidence and determination of the U.S. using military to defense Taiwan.

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According to Reuters analysist, Biden’s comments about Taiwan during his trip are more likely to cover up the core of his visit, which is to launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). IPEF is a broader plane, provides the economic backbone for closer the US engagement with Aisa.

This is the 2nd station of President Biden after his visit to South Korea last Friday, also included meeting with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia – the members of the Quad.

References:
https://gnews.org/post/p2586563/
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/biden-says-united-states-would-come-taiwans-defense-2021-10-22/
https://www.reuters.com/world/biden-meets-japanese-emperor-start-visit-launch-regional-economic-plan-2022-05-23/

Edited and Proofread by:  Linda Progress
Posted by: Peter Chen

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