During a television interview broadcast on the evening of Sunday, September 18 on the CBS channel, US President Joe Biden said that US troops would defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion by China. Asked by Agence France-presse (AFP), a White House spokesman nevertheless confirmed on Sunday night that the policy of the United States on Taiwan is not“no change”.
In the question if “Americans will defend Taiwan in case of Chinese invasion”the American leader replied: “Yes, if there is an unprecedented attack”. However, he emphasized that he was not there “to encourage” the island to declare its independence. “It’s their decision”he specified.
China considers Taiwan, with a population of about 23 million, one of its provinces, which it has not successfully reunified with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. decade, the communist army has never been able to conquer the island, which remains under the control of the Republic of China – the regime that once ruled mainland China and now only rules Taiwan.
Joe Biden has already angered Beijing by saying at the end of May that the United States would intervene militarily to support Taiwan in the event of an invasion by Communist China. Then he returned, confirming his attachment to “strategic ambiguity”a deliberately vague concept that has governed US Taiwanese policy for decades.
Tensions are high in China
Consisting of Washington refraining from saying whether or not the United States would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion, the“strategic ambiguity” helped maintain a certain stability in the region for the time being. Washington also applied for a “one china policy” : the United States officially recognizes only one Chinese government, that of Beijing.
But, at the same time, they are careful not to endorse Beijing’s position that Taiwan is an inalienable part of a China that will one day be reunited. The United States believes it is up to Beijing and Taipei to find a solution, but opposes any use of force to change the status quo. “We agreed to what we signed a long time ago”said Joe Biden during his interview.
His remarks, however, come after a significant rapprochement between the United States and Taiwan, at a time when relations between Beijing and Washington are at their lowest in decades. On Wednesday, a bill providing for the first direct military aid from the United States to Taiwan passed an important stage in the American Congress. A few days earlier, Washington announced the sale of 1.1 billion dollars of weapons to Taipei. In early August, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan also angered Beijing. China then launched the most significant military maneuvers in its history around the island.
It is not clear on the second candidacy in 2024
During the same interview, the American president also announced the official end of the pandemic. ” [Elle] it’s over, we still have a problem with Covid, we put a lot of work into this file…but the pandemic is over”he told CBS. “If you look around, no one is wearing a mask, and everyone looks good”he said. “So I think that’s changing. »
Finally, he left doubts about his possible candidacy in 2024, for a second term. ” My intention, as I said at the beginning, was to represent myself “, he said, before adding:” but it’s just an intention “, not one” strong decision “.
The oldest president elected in the United States, Joe Biden will celebrate his 80th birthday on November 20. He will be 82 at the start of a possible second term, and 86 at the end. Since his election in November 2020, the president has planned himself several times in the 2024 election, indicating that he will re-elect his current vice-president, Kamala Harris, to be his running mate.