The democratically ruled island has complained of mounting military and political pressure from Beijing to accept Chinese sovereignty.
On Thursday at a CNN town hall meeting, Biden was asked if the US would come to the defence of Taiwan. “Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” he replied. Later a White House spokesperson said Biden was not announcing any change in US policy. “The US defence relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defence, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the spokesperson said.