tirsdag 24. mai 2022

Biden Says U.S. Would Defend Taiwan if China Invaded: 'Commitment We Made'

President Joe Biden said on Monday that Washington would help defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion should Beijing try try to assert its claims over the self-governing island. The president's latest remarks will likely anger China, which says Taiwan is part of its territory under its "One China" policy despite the democratic island being under separate government since the Chinese Civil War.

China has not ruled out using military force to achieve its ambitions in Taiwan, but the U.S. continues to support Taiwan's autonomy, providing it with weapons and military training. Tensions in the region have been particularly high over the last 18 months, as China has been flying military sorties close to Taiwan on an almost daily basis. The largest comprised 56 aircraft on October 4, 2021.