Biden Says U.S. Military Would Respond if Taiwan Was Attacked by China

This morning, President Biden addressed the action the United States would take if China attempted to take Taiwan by force. Under the One China policy, the U.S. acknowledges China’s position that Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially recognized Beijing’s claim to the island. The U.S. also provides Taiwan defensive weapons but has remained ambiguous on whether it would intervene in the event of a Chinese attack. President Biden’s remarks marked the third time he has said that the U.S. would protect Taiwan from a Chinese attack only to have the White House walk back his remarks. The statement was made during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.