Americans could defend Taiwan in case of “unprecedented attack”

LUS President Joe Biden claimed that US troops were defending Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, during an interview broadcast on Sunday (September 18th). Asked by Agence France Presse, a spokesman for the White House however assured Sunday evening that the policy of the United States with regard to Taiwan “had not changed”.

Asked if “Americans would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion”, the American leader replied: “Yes, if an unprecedented attack were to occur”. The President of the United States insisted that he was not here “encouraging” the island to declare its independence. “It’s their decision,” he said.

China considers Taiwan, with a population of some 23 million, to be one of its provinces, which it has yet to successfully reunify with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War (1949 ). In seven decades, the communist army has never been able to conquer the island, which has remained under the control of the Republic of China – the regime that once ruled mainland China and now only rules Taiwan.

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Joe Biden is not at his first attempt

Joe Biden had already angered Beijing by saying at the end of May that the United States would intervene militarily to support Taiwan in the event of an invasion by Communist China. He then went back, affirming his attachment to “strategic ambiguity”, a vaguely defined concept that has governed the United States’ Taiwanese policy for decades. The “strategic ambiguity”, which consists for Washington in abstaining from saying whether or not the United States will intervene militarily to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion, has made it possible to maintain a certain stability in the region so far.

Pressure on Taiwan has increased since Xi Jinping came to power in Beijing ten years ago. The latter considered the “unification” of Taiwan as part of his plan for the “great rejuvenation” of China. Tensions reached their highest level in decades last month. China has carried out extensive military exercises around Taiwan, an unprecedented show of force in retaliation for a visit to Taipei by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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