The United States’ position on Taiwan has not changed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A spokesman for the Biden administration said Thursday that US policy towards Taiwan has not changed, despite the US president saying the United States will defend the island in the event of an attack.

In an interview aired on ABC News TV on Thursday, he said that Taiwan, South Korea and NATO represented a completely different situation from the current situation in Afghanistan, and that Washington seemed to be coordinating Taiwan with countries that have explicit obligations on their security.

A spokesman for the Biden administration said “US (US) policy towards Taiwan will not change” and commentators said Joe Biden appeared to have spoken incorrectly.

In Taipei, Presidential Spokesman Xavier Zhang called on Joe Biden’s statements to be “taken into account” and thanked his administration for “continuing to take practical steps” to show the United States’ strong commitment to Taiwan, such as arms sales.

Although Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with means of self-defense, it has long pursued a policy of “strategic ambiguity” over whether the military should intervene to defend the island in the event of an attack. Chinese.

(David Bronstrom with Ben Blanchard; French version by Camille Renat)