The Biden Administration Must Clarify U.S. Commitments To Taiwan Before Things Get Ugly

The Biden Administration Must Clarify U.S. Commitments To Taiwan Before Things Get Ugly


When asked point blank by “60 Minutes’s” Scott Pelley if the United States would come to Taiwan’s aid should China invade, President Joe Biden responded with a clear and firm answer.

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 Biden: Yes.

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However, before the interview even made it to air, an unnamed White House official contradicted the president, saying that U.S. policy had not changed, meaning that the U.S. makes no official declaration of whether it would come to Taiwan’s aid if China decided to invade. This policy is known as strategic ambiguity.

Were this the first instance of Biden pledging to come to Taiwan’s aid only to be

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