PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS US WILL DEFEND TAIWAN IF CHINA ATTACKS

October 22, 2021

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, SAID THE US WOULD DEFEND TAIWAN IF CHINA ATTACKED, IN AN APPARENT DEPARTURE FROM A LONG-HELD POSITION.

THE US HAS LONG PRACTISED "STRATEGIC AMBIGUITY" WHEN IT COMES TO THE THORNY ISSUE OF DEFENDING TAIWAN.


THIS HAS MEANT THE US, HAS BEEN DELIBERATELY AMBIGUOUS ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD DO, IF CHINA WERE TO ATTACK THE ISLAND.


CHINA SEES TAIWAN AS A BREAKAWAY PROVINCE, ONE THAT IT MAY TAKE BACK BY FORCE ONE DAY IF NECESSARY, WHEREAS TAIWAN CLAIMS THAT IT IS A SOVEREIGN STATE.