Biden says U.S. will defend Taiwan militarily if China invades
12:18, Monday, 23 May, 2022
President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would be willing to intervene militarily if China were to invade the self-governing island of Taiwan, again sowing confusion over American policy in the region. Speaking during a news conference in Tokyo alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said Beijing was already "flirting with danger" with its recent decision to hold military drills near Taiwan, which China views as its own territory. The question came up in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons," a reporter asked. "Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?”. "Yes," Biden responded. "That's the commitment we made," he added.