Biden at the Quartet Summit: The “strategic ambiguity” of the United States towards Taiwan and China has not changed


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On the last day of his high-stakes trip to Asia, President Joe Biden International leaders in Japan urged Japan to do more to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and said there would be no change in Taiwan’s “strategic ambiguity,” a day after China thwarted when it suggested the United States could send troops to the region.

“This is more than just a European issue,” Biden said. “It’s a global issue.” Russia and Ukraine war Tuesday, along with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia.

In his remarks, Biden described the Eastern European War as a “dark hour” in history.

Biden said the US military would defend Taiwan if it came.

“We are going through a dark hour in our shared history,” the US president said. “The brutal and unjustified Russian war against Ukraine caused the outbreak of a A humanitarian disaster and the killing of innocent civilians On the streets, millions of refugees are internally displaced as well as in exile.”

US President Joe Biden, right, meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Quartet Leaders Summit at the Kantai Palace, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Tokyo.

US President Joe Biden, right, meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Quartet Leaders Summit at the Kantai Palace, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Tokyo.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“The world has to deal with it, and so do we,” he added.

What does Biden’s Taiwanese comments mean to China and the United States

Biden did not specifically name any of the countries present at the summit, but his comments appear to be directed at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi because India has failed to implement any of them. Sanctions against Russia.

The Russia-Ukraine war is taking place at a time when tensions between China and the neighboring island of Taiwan continue to escalate, and experts say China may consider military action.

US President Joe Biden, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend the founding ceremony of the Japan-US-Australian-India Fellowship in Tokyo on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

US President Joe Biden, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend the founding ceremony of the Japan-US-Australian-India Fellowship in Tokyo on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
(Yuichi Yamazaki/Photo pool via AP)

Biden was asked by a group of reporters at the summit whether he sticks to comments he made on Monday, that the United States is still studying the possibility of sending troops near Taiwan to stop a possible invasion by China, which has drawn criticism from the latter country.

“No,” Biden was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying. “The policy has not changed at all. I mentioned it when I made my statement yesterday.”

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On Monday, Biden was asked directly, given the United States’ involvement in Ukraine, if it would intervene Possible conflict between China and Taiwan.

Leaders of the (Quartet) Security Dialogue Left to Right, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for photos at the entrance to the Prime Minister's Office Japan in Tokyo, Japan Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Leaders of the (Quartet) Security Dialogue Left to Right, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for photos at the entrance to the Prime Minister’s Office Japan in Tokyo, Japan Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
(Sadayuki Goto / Kyodo News via AP)

“Are you willing to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” Biden was specifically asked during a press conference.

Biden replied, “Yes.” “This is the commitment we made.”

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Monday’s initial comment sparked a backlash from Biden opponents and officials in Beijing, some of whom suggested he got it wrong.

The potential dispute in the East China Sea was not part of the agenda of the four-way summit.

President Biden returns to Washington on Tuesday.

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