BALTIMORE, Oct.21 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States will stand up for Taiwan and pledge to defend the island claimed by China as its own territory.
“Yes, we made a commitment to do that,” Biden told a CNN town hall when asked if the United States would stand up for Taiwan.
Biden said people shouldn’t be worried about Washington’s military strength because “China, Russia and the rest of the world know that we are the most powerful army in the history of the world.”
“What you need to worry about is whether or not they’re going to engage in activities that would put them in a position where they could make a big mistake,” Biden said.
Military tensions between Taiwan and China are at their worst in more than 40 years, Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said this month, adding that China would be capable of mounting a “full-scale” invasion. by 2025. read more
China claims Taiwan as its own territory, which should be taken by force if necessary. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedoms and democracy.
Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Stephen Coates
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