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Biden Repeats Vow to Defend Taiwan from China’s Military

HeadlineSep 19, 2022

President Biden has vowed again to defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China. Biden made the comment during an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

President Joe Biden: “We agree with what we signed onto a long time ago, and that there’s One China policy, and Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence. We are not moving” — we’re not encouraging their being independent. We’re not — that’s their decision.”

Scott Pelley: “But would U.S. forces defend the island?”

President Joe Biden: “Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”

Scott Pelley: “So, unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, U.S. forces, U.S. men and women, would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?”

President Joe Biden: “Yes”

After the interview aired, the White House issued a statement trying to walk back Biden’s comments, claiming U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed. China criticized Biden’s remarks, saying it “severely violates” U.S. policy over Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province.

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