Merdeka.com – The President of the United States (US) in an interview with the program 60 minutes on CBS television station said US troops would help Taiwan if it was attacked by China. This is Biden’s clearest statement yet to show his support for Taiwan.
In an interview that aired yesterday, Biden was asked if US troops would defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China, and Biden replied “yes, and there have been attacks before.” Biden was asked again if he would defend Taiwan, and Biden replied “yes”.
Quoted from the Reuters page on Monday (19/9), the statement emphasized Biden’s position on his policy of deploying US troops in Taiwan for the defense of the island’s territory.
But the statement received a different response from the White House.
“This (US policy) has been said by the President before, including in Tokyo earlier this year. He also explained that our policy on Taiwan has not changed. That remains true,” said a White House spokesman.
In May Biden was asked if the US was willing to engage militarily to defend Taiwan and replied “yes… That’s a commitment we made.”
But in that same interview, Biden repeated that the US was committed to a “One China” policy so as to recognize the Beijing government as a sovereign Chinese state and not Taiwan. Taiwan’s independence is also not recognized by Washington.
This statement is also different from Biden’s statement that supports defending Taiwan if it was attacked by China before. Biden also gave two different statements in the same interview.
However, the US continues to show its support for Taiwan, such as the visit of the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan in August. The visit was even able to make China angry until finally China carried out the largest military exercise around Taiwan.
China also protested the US government’s move to pass legislation to increase US military support for Taiwan.
While the US has often pushed China to the limits of its patience, it has not been provoked. Although not ignited, in his talks with Biden on Taiwan in July, Xi said “those who play with fire will be destroyed by fire.”
President Xi himself has promised he will bring Taiwan under Chinese control without resorting to military force.
In October last year, Biden was asked again if the US would defend Taiwan, and he replied “yes, we are committed to doing that.”
However, at that time the White House had not issued a statement regarding the replacement of US policy for Taiwan. Some experts also view Biden’s statement as a mistake.
Bonnie Glaser, Asia expert at the US German Marshall Fund, said Biden should first determine whether the US was able to back up his statement.
“If President Biden is planning to defend Taiwan, then he has to make sure the US military has the capability to do so,” he said.
“Rhetorical support that is not backed by real capabilities is unlikely to strengthen defense efforts,” he continued.
Previously, Kurt Campbell, the Biden administration’s Asia policy expert, rejected all US strategic policies for Taiwan because they would harm the US.
Intern Reporter: Theofilus Jose Setiawan