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The White House had to row back Biden's comments after he suggested the US would defend Taiwan from an attack by China

The White House had to row back Biden's comments after he suggested the US would defend Taiwan from an attack by China

22/10/2021 4:40:00 PM

The White House had to row back Biden's comments after he suggested the US would defend Taiwan from an attack by China

Fears that China will try to seize Taiwan , which it considers its territory, have grown. Biden told a town hall the US would defend the island.

President Joe Biden.Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesBiden told a CNN town hall on Thursday the US would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack.The White House later clarified that the US policy of "strategic ambiguity" had not changed.China's recent military activity has raised fears it will try to seize the island, which it considers its own.

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The White House clarified President Joe Biden's comments after he said the US would defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China, in what appeared to be a significant shift in US foreign policy.Whenat a Thursday town hall event whether Biden would defend Taiwan if China attacked it, the president replied: "Yes, we have a commitment to do that."

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