President Joe Biden vowed to protect Taiwan from any Chinese incursion at a CNN town hall Thursday night.
“Are you saying that the United States will take Taiwan’s defense if China attacks?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Biden, to which the president replied, “Yes, we have made a commitment to do that. “
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Biden had been asked by an audience member about China’s recent hypersonic missile tests and asked him whether or not the United States would resist China.
“Don’t worry if they’ll be more powerful,” Biden said after reaffirming that the rest of the world “knows” that the United States has the most powerful military in the world.
Biden also rejected the idea that he wanted to start another Cold War with China.
“I don’t want a cold war with China,” Biden said. “I just want China to understand that we are not going to back down and that we are not going to change any of our views. “
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The Taiwan Relations Act to which the United States is currently a party does not guarantee that the United States will engage militarily if China attacks Taiwan, which it has claimed for decades to be sovereign Chinese territory, but declares that the United States “Will make such a defense available to Taiwan.” defense items and services in quantity necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain self-sufficient defense capabilities. “
US presidents have pursued a policy of “strategic ambiguity” so that China does not know exactly what the US response to an attack would be.
Recent aggression against Taiwan by the Chinese Communist regime suggested that Beijing was seeking to test the resolve of the Biden administration, particularly in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, experts told Fox News.
Beijing sent dozens of fighter jets over the past month to the territory’s air defense zone, as part of a muscular approach to the region that has been escalating for months. President Xi Jinping also renewed his calls for its introduction into China, call for “peaceful reunification”.
Beijing regards Taiwan as a separatist province and claims it is part of its own territory. The two countries separated in 1949 and China increased the pressure on the autonomous nation, while opposing its involvement in international organizations such as the United Nations. The United States does not formally recognize Taiwan, but maintains an unofficial relationship and supports its democratic government.
Experts say that while there are many reasons why China has recently stepped up its aggressive maneuvers towards the US ally, including national power struggles, the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan is the case. one of those contributing factors.
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“They periodically increase the pressure to put pressure on Taiwan, to pressure the United States and to probe weaknesses, to test our resolve,” James Anderson, president of the Institute of World Politics and former senior official, told Fox. defense official in the Trump administration. New. “And probably the immediate cause of the most recent escalation and investigation has to do with our botched and unfortunate disaster in the withdrawal from Afghanistan. “
The withdrawal at the end of August is seen as having harmed the United States’ position and engagement abroad, and the Chinese state media used the chaotic departure to mock the United States.
“The United States has just shown the world that it is unable or unwilling to confront a small adversary in Afghanistan with very basic weapons,” the state-controlled Global Times said. tweeted. “So in the future, when he urges his allies to challenge great powers like China and Russia, very few will follow. “
Fox News’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report