President Joe Biden, on Thursday, Oct. 21, declared that the U.S. would come to defend Taiwan if it is under attack by Beijing.
“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” Biden said at a CNN town hall event Thursday when asked about the recently intensified conflict between both nations.
When Beijing accelerated provocative activities over Taiwan’s air defense zone in early October, Biden already said the U.S. would continue to uphold the “One China” policy.
The decades-long agreement allows the U.S. to assist Taiwan if threatened by Beijing, although it would recognize Beijing as the sole government of China.
During the CNN town hall talk, the President was also confident that there should be no concern about the recent report about China’s military advances with hypersonic missiles.
“China, Russia and the rest of the world knows we have the most powerful military in history of the world,” Biden said. “Don’t worry about whether they’re going to be more powerful.”
Nonetheless, Biden declined to proceed with tough measures that would impair relationships between the U.S. and China, such as a cold war.
“I don’t want a cold war with China. I want China to understand that we are not going to step back and change any of our views,” he said, noting that he had talked to China’s President Xi Jinping.
Reacting to Biden’s statements, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin still alleged the U.S. “should act and speak cautiously on the Taiwan issue.”
“China has no room for compromise on issues involving its core interests,” Wenbin said, according to WION.
Meanwhile, the mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party suggested the Biden administration would eventually abandon Taiwan.
“Let’s put it frankly: The U.S. has lost its strength to make “rock-solid” commitments to Taiwan, the Global Times wrote in an op-ed. “… At that point [of China not giving up on the island], abandoning Taiwan will be the U.S.’s inevitable choice.”
Taiwan maintains a democratic system, unlike the communist regime, but due to political pressure from the Chinese regime, it is only recognized as an independent country by 15 countries worldwide.