New tensions between the United States and China arose Monday after President Joe Biden said that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to take over Taiwan by force.
During a joint news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida,
President Biden was asked if the U.S. would be willing to go further to help Taiwan in the
event of an invasion than it did with Ukraine.
“You did not want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are
you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” a reporter asked.
“Yes,” President Biden replied. “That’s the commitment we made.”
The White House quickly downplayed the comments, saying there has been no change in
official U.S. policy, reiterating the United States’ commitment under the “Taiwan Relations
Act” to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.
“I do think that’s a premature comment, off the cuff and everybody listens to the
commander in chief, however, I think deterrence is important here,” said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican.