President Biden took an uncharacteristically hard stance when he said that if China were to invade Taiwan the U.S. military would absolutely intervene.
Fox News reports:
“Very quickly, you didn’t 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 the president during a news conference in Japan.
“Yes,” Biden replied.
The reporter repeated the question to Biden and he then doubled down on his response.
“That’s the commitment we made,” Biden reiterated.
Then a White House spokesperson told Fox News reporters 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.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments: “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
In October, Biden also commented that the U.S. would defend Taiwan from Chinese attacks.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson responded to Biden 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.”