Biden Says US Would Defend Taiwan in ‘Unprecedented Attack’

(Bloomberg) -- US military forces would defend Taiwan if there was “an unprecedented attack,” President Joe Biden said, underscoring America’s commitment to the island as

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Prepare for Powell Biden, speaking in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, distanced himself from the question of whether Taiwan is or should be independent, but followed

up with a pledge when asked by interviewer Scott Pelley if US forces would “defend the island.”  “Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack,” he replied, according

to a transcript provided by the broadcaster. Still, he reiterated earlier in the interview that the US’s “One China policy” had not changed.  “We agree with what we signed

onto a long time ago. And that there’s One China policy, and Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence. We are not moving -- we’re not encouraging their being

independent,” he said. “That’s their decision.” Biden has made similar statements before, spurring outrage in Beijing by adding new chapters to Washington’s longstanding

policy of “strategic ambiguity” when it comes to Taiwan. In May, Biden said “yes” when asked if the US was prepared to become “involved militarily” if it had to. “That’s the

commitment we made,” he said then, before White House officials walked back his comments.