Biden: U.S Will Go to War with China to Defend Taiwan 'If It Comes to That'
Democrat says America has 'commitment' if Chinese Communist Party invades Taiwan
Democrat Joe Biden has stated that he will send the United States into war with China if the Chinese Communist Party invades Taiwan.
During a news conference in Japan, Biden said the U.S. will send the military to defend Taiwan if Communist China were to invade the island nation.
"Very quickly, you didn't want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons," a reporter asked Biden
"Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?"
"Yes," Biden replied.
"You are?!" the stunned reporter pressed.
"That's the commitment we made," Biden added.
A White House spokesperson followed up on Biden's comments by stating that the administration's policy "has not changed."
"As the President said, our policy has not changed," the spokesperson said.
"He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
"He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself."
The "One China policy" refers to the U.S. recognition of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, but only acknowledges, without endorsing, Beijing's claim that Taiwan is part of China.
Russian President Vladimir Putin considers Ukraine a part of historic Russia, and Xi considers Taiwan a part of China.
Taiwan has never been part of Communist China.
In October, Biden said the U.S. would defend Taiwan if China attacks.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson responded by saying, "No one should underestimate the strong resolve, determination, and capability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"China has no room for compromise."
China launched military exercises in the disputed South China Sea as Biden's trip to East Asia began Friday.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine upended Chinese President Xi Jinping's timetable to invade Taiwan, according to documents purportedly written by a Russian intelligence analyst in one of Moscow's security agencies.
"Xi Jinping was at least considering taking over Taiwan in the fall - he needs his own little victory to get re-elected for a third term - there the struggle within the elite is colossal," an agent in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB, allegedly wrote on March 9.
"Now, after the Ukrainian events, this window of opportunity has been closed to him, which gives the United States the opportunity to both blackmail Xi and negotiate with its competitors on favorable terms," the FSB agent added.
"It was in this case that we launched a trap mechanism for China with our actions."