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Biden’s Vow to Defend Taiwan Makes US Policy Shift Explicit

  • President says for fourth time US forces would defend island
  • Analysts see US abandoning policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’
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WATCH: In a CBS interview, Biden underscored America’s commitment to Taiwan. Alex Wayne reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Three times as president, Joe Biden has said the US would defend Taiwan if China invades the island, and each time his staff argued he wasn’t changing longstanding US policy to keep Beijing guessing about US intentions. His fourth time makes that much harder to do.

In comments to “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Biden left no doubt where he stood, saying the US would commit military forces in the event of an “unprecedented attack” by China. Pressed if that would involve US men and women -- unlike in Ukraine, where Biden has ruled out sending American forces -- he said “yes.”