Biden sparks confusion with ‘potentially dangerous’ Taiwan gaffe

The answer Biden gave to a question at a public forum forced the White House to quickly clarify that the administration was not announcing any changes to its existing policy on Taiwan.

23/10/2021 6:31:00 AM

US President Joe Biden has caused confusion by declaring the US would defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China, contradicting America’s decades-old policy towards the island | KnottMatthew

The answer Biden gave to a question at a public forum forced the White House to quickly clarify that the administration was not announcing any changes to its existing policy on Taiwan.

Washington:US President Joe Biden has caused confusion by declaring the US would defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China, contradicting America’s decades-old policy towards the island.Biden’s apparent gaffe, made at a CNN town hall, forced the White House to quickly clarify that the administration was not announcing any changes to its existing policy on Taiwan.

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President Joe Biden previously criticised George W Bush for saying the US would defend Taiwan if attacked militarily by China.Credit:APChina in response, reasserted, its stance toward the island Beijing considers a renegade province.Bonnie Glaser, one of America’s top experts on China, said Biden’s comments were “troublesome” and “potentially quite dangerous” because of their potential to heighten tensions with Beijing, which reacted angrily to the remarks.

Asked during the town hall on Friday (AEDT) whether the US would protect Taiwan if China attacked, Biden said: “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”The Taiwan Relations Act, passed by the US Congress in 1979, commits the US to provide weapons and other military support to Taiwan but does not obligate the US to intervene military if China attacks the island. headtopics.com

Since the act was passed, successive US presidents have maintained a policy known as “strategic ambiguity” that is designed to both prevent Taiwan from declaring independence from China while dissuading Beijing from invading the island.A White House official said that Biden was “not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy” in his remarks about China and Taiwan.

AdvertisementLoadingGlaser, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said it was “patently false” for Biden to say the US had a commitment to defend Taiwan.“The President has a tendency to make gaffes but this is potentially quite dangerous,” Glaser said.

“This is the only issue the US and China could go to war over so it’s something the administration has to be very careful on.”Glaser said it was “troublesome” that the Biden administration was not articulating a steady position on Taiwan.“There is a lack of clarity and consistency,” she said. “It raises concerns from my perspective about why we are sending these conflicting signals.”

The People’s Republic of China considers Taiwan part of its territory, but the democratically elected Taiwanese government operates autonomously from Beijing.Gaffe: US President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall in Baltimore, with moderator Anderson Cooper. headtopics.com

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Credit:APRyan Haass, a China expert at the Brookings Institution, said he was less concerned because Chinese officials will likely interpret the comments as a gaffe.“They recognise that Biden is not known for rhetorical precision,” Haass said on Twitter. “They also know he is not prone to uninformed impulse-driven decision-making. This administration is deliberative.”

Speaking in Beijing following Biden’s comments Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said:“When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan issue is purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention.”Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to hold a virtual summit before the end of the year.Earlier this year Admiral Philip Davidson, the outgoing commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, testified before Congress that China could make a move on Taiwan within six years.

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KnottMatthew America has its military deployed in more than 80 different countries. Why? KnottMatthew Good on him. Defend, not attack KnottMatthew My KnottMatthew It’s not a gaffe & it is a good thing that China knows the consequences if it attacked Taiwan. This makes an invasion less likely. KnottMatthew Biden’s been in politics 50 years, if you think he doesn’t know what he’s doing think again. Whether or not he made a gaffe that was walked back later by the W.H that’s another thing. All I know is that a militarised Asia/Indo pacific is putting us on a path to war. Frightening

KnottMatthew Taiwan is China. It was never an independent country. The west as seeing this as FREE land in which to base weapons. However, China will send the US back to the Neanderthal cave. KnottMatthew Poor old Joe has no idea what day it is. KnottMatthew Just speaking his mind. There’s no confusion.

KnottMatthew Finally Biden saying something coherent and people don’t like it? KnottMatthew I wonder if it has anything to do with a spike in Chinese aggression towards Taiwan after the full annexation of Hong Kong. KnottMatthew

Biden says US would defend Taiwan against ChinaPresident JoeBiden said the United States would defend Taiwan if China were to attack in what appeared to be a break in America’s long-held strategic ambiguity on the subject. JoeBiden Sure he wasn’t ordering a meal? JoeBiden And the Biden groupies will believe him....like they did over his failures of Afghanistan. JoeBiden Like how the US was helping Afghanistan......yeah right

KnottMatthew Due to the massive debts and failure of tackling internal affairs, American's ability to defend Taiwan from China's military invasion looks confused Reviewing previous diplomatic crisises, American's behaviours are sucks KnottMatthew Xi Jinping isn’t confused. He knows clearly what Biden said. Biden didn’t say change to US Policy. He said US wants status quo. If China unilaterally changes the Status quo by invading Taiwan, then US will defend Taiwan. What’s so confusing? 😁

KnottMatthew Really, how many people you would sacrifice to go to war with China, Millions? If China decides to take TW, it won’t be finished until CCP achieves the goal with any cost. US wants to pay that cost as well. KnottMatthew Joe's confused ! KnottMatthew A 'gaffe' that is later clarified by the administration, in the world of diplomacy could be considered to be a public veiled warning to China.

KnottMatthew Just look at the way US was helping Afghanistan, then you know you cannot take the US policy seriously KnottMatthew Another warmonger KnottMatthew Policies & plans change, evidently. KnottMatthew He doesn’t know what day it is.

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‘Don’t stand against us’: China’s Biden threatChinese state-backed media has come out swinging against the US after President Joe Biden declared his country “has a commitment” to step in and defend Taiwan in the event of a border dispute. Weird.. why is china still a developing country? It’s a no 1 super power as on date Does Sleepy Joe even know what day it is? That means Australia will be at war as well

Biden says United States would come to Taiwan's defencePresident Joe Biden tells a town hall meeting that the United States has a commitment to defend Taiwan, the island China claims as its own territory. Like you would come to Afghan's defence from Taliban? Could you just leave other countries alone and focus on ur own business? What a cringe worthy nation the U.S has become. Strategically prehistoric. They're far too threatening to the stability of the globe and show no signs of changing their war mongering approach to global domination..

Biden says US would defend Taiwan against ChinaPresident JoeBiden said the United States would defend Taiwan if China were to attack in what appeared to be a break in America’s long-held strategic ambiguity on the subject. JoeBiden Sure he wasn’t ordering a meal? JoeBiden And the Biden groupies will believe him....like they did over his failures of Afghanistan. JoeBiden Like how the US was helping Afghanistan......yeah right