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Biden’s Latest Taiwan Gaffe Stokes Tensions With Beijing

  • President says US would defend island militarily if attacked
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WATCH: Biden said “yes” when he was asked if he would be willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan in any attack from China.Source: Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden is seeking to show US resolve against China, yet an ill-timed gaffe on Taiwan risks undermining his bid to curb Beijing’s growing influence over the region.

Whether intentional or not, Biden provoked China with a vow to defend Taiwan militarily. After saying that US policy on Taiwan “had not changed at all” during a news conference in Tokyo, he then answered “yes” when asked if the US would act “militarily” to defend the island in the event of a Chinese attack.