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Biden says U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion

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Asked to comment, a White House spokesperson said U.S. policy towards Taiwan had not changed.

It hasn't changed, Biden just stated openly what his predecessors beat around the bush about!

I for one am glad he did openly state that the US would defend Taiwan, with troops, if necessary! Cut the BS, stand up to China, about Taiwan, and see what China does!

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Biden vacillates between weakness and strength, a very dangerous practice. Enemies will be emboldened to attack and in the end, Biden will likely send the military in on impulse to prove he's not weak. Better to project consistent strength to discourage China from attacking at all.

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Unprecedented attack

Still ambiguous i see !

Gambling with US military service men and women's lives

No doubt the white house will backpeddle Bidens new announcement.

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“The White House” already walked it back.

again.

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The End of Strategic Ambiguity! Joe Biden makes it clear that the US will fight China over Taiwan:

President Joe Biden once again claimed that Washington is willing to use military force to defend Taiwan from Beijing, if necessary, while insisting that the US still adheres to ‘One China’ policy and is “not encouraging” the island’s independence.

During a ‘60 Minutes’ CBS News interview aired Sunday night, Biden was asked if the US would become directly involved to “defend the island” in a potential conflict between Beijing and Taiwan, including through the use of military force.

“Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack…” Biden replied, before the broadcaster cut away to clarify the controversial statement.

Checkmate, Xi!

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So going from fighting for a non-NATO corrupt openly neo-Nazi country,

Get your facts straight, the US is fighting against Russia, not for it.

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So going from fighting for a non-NATO corrupt openly neo-Nazi country, to threatening nuclear war with another countries over its internal affairs…can’t understand his logic.

That is because the statement you just made is completely false.

US troops are not fighting in Ukraine, nor is it a Neo-Nazi country let alone an open one.

And finally Biden has threatened nobody with nuclear war.

Scaremongering people with your lies is hardly honorable.

If China invades independently ruled Taiwan, it will face a war with the US and others, and it will mean all trade with those nations ceases immediately. Blockades will be placed on shipping going to or from China.

China will not win. It has lasted over 5000 years and it will survive but it will no longer rule itself, unless the US gives the mainland to Taiwan to rule a "one China". I imagine most mainland Chinese would welcome the new freedoms that would bring.

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well, if China and the U.S. war over, and in, Taiwan, whatever the outcome, doubt there would be much of Taiwan left, so any 'victory' would be pyrrhic. but I'm sure Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, BAE, Raytheon et al will be pleased.

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Joe is committing US forces now? That's pretty crazy without a security agreement.

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So much for the "weak on China" troupe.

She the "reckless warmonger" troupe.

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Already walked it back

Iam glad to hear that.

Because i don't want USA service people to be involved in a senseless war with China over Taiwan.

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@diagonal

I enjoy your whiticizm always

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So going from fighting for a non-NATO corrupt openly neo-Nazi country, to threatening nuclear war with another countries over its internal affairs…can’t understand his logic.

he does know that in his country 20 US veterans commit suicide every single day, 20 a day die from drug overdoses, New Orleans has overtaken St Louis as the murder capital, record inflation, record fuel prices, dangerous polarization of of its citizens, millions of homeless illegal immigrants, poverty, infrastructure depletion, climate change, bejesus, the list goes on. He doesn’t even notice his 28% approval rating at home. I think he probably confuses it with his 95% approval rating in Ukraine.

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Excellent to see Biden - and the US - are committed to protecting free, democratic Taiwan. If unelected Communist China throw yet another tantrum, we can all just stand back, point and laugh.

Communist China is the one who is constantly threatening war. It is therefore wise for free Taiwan, the US and allies to be prepared for peace, but ready for war.

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Always very obvious to the see the pro-China elements here. Almost without exception they are also the Mini-me fanatics.

these are the anti west brigade.

they would rather cheer on murdering communist / fascist regimes than support freedom loving democratic countries

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and yet biden was vague as all hell in the DW just recently when asked how US will respond to Ru nukes or WMD: "You think i'd tell you how we would respond??!" or words to that effect

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Biden's comment is a gazillion times milder than Trump's, 'fire and fury like the world has never seen' comment about NK. Short memories these Republicans have!

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10 downvotes for a factual statement that the White House immediately walked back Biden’s statement.

we will of course not be sending our military members to die for Taiwan.

more “feelings over facts” I guess.

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Without a security treaty with Senate approval they are simply words. Formal treaties clearly specify the responsibilities of both parties. You would think the former Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would understand that.

Joe is simply chasing mid-term votes. A more mature foreign policy would seek to increase the distance between Xi and Putin and not push them closer together.

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diagonalslipToday 01:55 pm JST

well, if China and the U.S. war over, and in, Taiwan, whatever the outcome, doubt there would be much of Taiwan left,...

You have to see it from both sides, not only Taiwan, but those large cities along the Chinese coastline will be also destroyed, like Shantou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Fuzhou.. only these few Chinese cities have a higher population than all Taiwan and not to talk about their high industrial output.

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This would be the 4th time since he became President that President Biden publicly said the US would defend Taiwan if China launched a military attack.

The WH hasn't walked back on the statement as some misleadingly suggest and if anyone still doesn't get the message they should up their reading skills!!!

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but there is. the White House said there is no change in the policy.

What Biden said is.... a change in the policy.

for the 4th time that the White House had to correct him.

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https://nypost.com/2022/05/23/white-house-walks-back-biden-taiwan-defense-claim-again/

"White House walks back Biden Taiwan defense claim for third time in 9 months"

today was the 4th time.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/09/19/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/biden-defend-taiwan-chinese-invasion/

Biden, 79, has delivered similar comments on three previous occasions since taking office as China has ramped up pressure on self-ruled Taiwan. All three times — including after a summit with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in May — the White House quickly walked back the president’s remarks. The fourth time was no different.

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Sure he’s going to say that, do you think HE’s going to go ?

Always good to advise your ADVISORY you intend NOT to, by the way.

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Between him and Pelosi, they’re going to get us into another conflict in record time.

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I find it hilarious that you criticize me and not the disingenuous people downvoting facts and spreading blatant misinformation.

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Commanteer, American has no legal obligation to defend you or no foreign citizens,why should American policy matter to you,the American public is not part of a suicide pact, foreigner worry about what America will do more than American,the average American could care less

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The US military is For Us By US,we do want them in harm way,we the people through our Congress have the ultimate say,the President with authorization of Congress cannot defend Taiwan

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Iam glad to hear that.

Because i don't want USA service people to be involved in a senseless war with China over Taiwan.

I agree and we shall see, so far Biden's record when it comes to geopolitics has been nothing but abysmal, if he really has a defined and outlined goal for putting thousands of American lives on the line then it had better be sound and with a clear objective, all the way and not like the disasters of Afghanistan and Ukraine.

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American is not too be used by foreigner,too overcome their fear of China ,you should seek therapy for Chinese anxiety, Chinese are part of our American family,we protect them against all enemies foreign and domestic

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@ulysses The difference is "support' vs suggesting the use of "US forces". That is a big difference. The US is now supporting Ukraine. The US does not have boots on the ground.

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The US policy on Taiwan is that;

1) The US recogonizes the one-China policy, ie; Beijing represents China.

2) The US has never recognized China's sovereignty over Taiwan. Hence the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 and the Taiwan Policy Act happening now. Under which the US supports Taiwan's right to defend itself from China.

So yes, the US Policy has not changed. And the US will defend Taiwan if China invades. There is no contradiction or "walking back" here.

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https://nypost.com/2022/05/23/white-house-walks-back-biden-taiwan-defense-claim-again/

"White House walks back Biden Taiwan defense claim for third time in 9 months"

today was the 4th time.

No it wasn’t, read the article!

I agree and we shall see, so far Biden's record when it comes to geopolitics has been nothing but abysmal, if he really has a defined and outlined goal for putting thousands of American lives on the line then it had better be sound and with a clear objective, all the way and not like the disasters of Afghanistan and Ukraine.

Comedy gold, what a total lack of understanding of facts!

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Under which the US supports Taiwan's right to defend itself from China.

is that what Biden said? Taiwan can just defend itself from China? I heard something quite different come out of his mouth.

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@Ossan If you are learned in this matter as you seem to suggest, you must acknowledge that the Taiwan Relations Act only speaks about the US providing defensive military arms to Taiwan. It does not say anything about US military personal becoming involved in a conflict, hence, this is potentially a significant change.

US forces were stationed in Taiwan up and until the US and China established diplomatic relations.

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Biden is weakness personified

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Comedy gold, what a total lack of understanding of facts!

Given his history in geopolitical affairs, it's less than funny, in fact, it's frightening

Biden is weakness personified

I think that is a serious worrisome understatement

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Given his history in geopolitical affairs, it's less than funny, in fact, it's frightening

No surprise that Donald’s boys are scared!

Their lack of understanding of even the most basic of facts is surpassed only by donald!

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Biden says U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion

Does anyone really think Biden is “saying” anything of his own initiative?

Anyway, Biden’s handlers will not consider their rule a success until after they start WW III.

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We all know what the Taiwan Relations Act says. And we all know that the US has and will continue to provide arms to Taiwan. And The POTUS has stated that the US will defend Taiwan. Really, nothing to discuss.

"A U.S. special-operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan to train military forces there, U.S. officials said, part of efforts to shore up the island’s defenses as concern regarding potential Chinese aggression mounts."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-troops-have-been-deployed-in-taiwan-for-at-least-a-year-11633614043

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