Five Joe Biden Remarks That Sparked White House Scrambles

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Five Joe Biden Remarks That Sparked White House Scrambles

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Joe Biden raised eyebrows on Monday when he indicated the U.S. would take military action to defend Taiwan if China was to invade the self-governing country.

President Biden answered "yes" when asked by a reporter, "Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?" at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a visit to Tokyo.

Under the "One China" policy, the US acknowledges China's position that Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially recognized Beijing's claim to the self-governing island of 23 million. The US provides Taiwan defensive weapons, but has remained intentionally ambiguous on whether it would intervene militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.

Under the "One China" policy, the U.S. acknowledges China's claims that Taiwan is part of China and keeps official formal ties only with Beijing rather than Taipei.

White House officials moved quickly to temper Biden's comments, saying that they did not represent a change in Washington's foreign policy on Taiwan.

"As the president said, our policy has not changed," a statement read soon after the press conference. "He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself."

It was not the first time Biden remarks prompted the White House to quickly intervene. Here are four other examples: ... e7f2f63101
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