He surprised everyone, including his collaborators… and the White House specifies
Beijing calls on Washington not to underestimate its ability to protect its sovereignty
In a sign of toughness on Beijing, US President Joe Biden brandished the use of military force to defend Taiwan, in a comment that angered China and called for clarification from the White House, stressing that Washington is committed to the approved policy which includes assistance to Taipei. to defend.
During his second Asian stop in Tokyo, US President Joe Biden intensified his rhetoric against China, hinting at military intervention to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, which called for Chinese condemnation and clarification of the White House to continue to work with the existing policy.
In a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after their meeting in Tokyo, Biden responded to a reporter’s question about whether the United States would defend Taiwan if China attacked it by saying, ” Yes,” then added, “That’s who we are. “We agree with the one-China policy. We signed this and all agreements made after this point, but the idea of taking it by force is inappropriate.”
“This will disrupt the entire region and be an act similar to what happened in Ukraine,” Biden said, stressing, “We remain committed to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and ensuring that the status quo is not changed unilaterally”. China tries to attack Taiwan.
The US president also addressed Russia, warning that it “must pay a long-term price” for its “brutality in Ukraine” in terms of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.
“It’s not just Ukraine,” he said, because “if sanctions aren’t maintained at multiple levels, what signal will be sent to China about the price of trying to take over Taiwan by force?
Clarification from the White House
After the outcry over the statements, a White House official said there was no change in US policy toward Taiwan and that Biden’s comments were consistent with approved US policy.
“Our policy has not changed. He reiterated our one-China policy and our commitment to peace and stability on both sides of the Taiwan Strait,” the official said, pledging in particular to “give Taiwan military means to defend itself”.
Although Washington has diplomatically recognized Beijing, not Taipei, since 1979, American support for Taiwan has not stopped.
Don’t underestimate our determination
While Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Biden for his support, China was quick to react to the desertions, urging “not to underestimate its resolute determination to protect its sovereignty.” Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed China’s “strong dissatisfaction” with Biden’s remarks, stressing that there was “no room for compromise or compromise” to the detriment of core sovereignty interests. and territorial integrity. “No one should underestimate the strong determination, resolute will and strong capabilities of the Chinese people,” he said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin also called on the United States to “avoid sending the wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces.”
After his long meeting with Biden in Tokyo, Kishida announced that Japan and the United States
“They will be monitoring the activities of the Chinese Navy, as well as movements associated with joint exercises between China and Russia.”
“We strongly oppose attempts to forcibly change the status quo in the East and South China Seas,” Kishida said. “We also agreed to jointly address various China-related issues, including human rights,” he added.
The 13. Initiative
In a move that experts disagree on as to its effectiveness, Biden launched from Tokyo yesterday a new economic partnership in the Asia-Pacific region, which mainly includes 13 countries: the United States, Japan, India and Australia – which are included in the “Quad” formula – as well as Brunei, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and New Zealand The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is not a free trade agreement, but provides for greater integration among member states in 4 key areas: digital economy, supply chains, clean energy infrastructure and the fight against corruption.
In a joint statement, the 13 nations, which together account for nearly 40% of global GDP, said: “We share a commitment to a free, open, equitable, inclusive, interdependent, resilient, secure and secure Indo-Pacific. prosperous”.
As an “open platform”, the initiative, which is clearly aimed at curbing China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region, could involve other countries in the longer term, according to the US adviser to the national security Jake Sullivan.
China feels that it has been deliberately excluded from this initiative and has expressed this openly. On Sunday, China’s foreign minister said the United States was working to “form small blocs in the name of freedom and openness”, noting that its goal was “to contain China, and this project is doomed to failure”.
And in 2017, the United States under Donald Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a broad multilateral free trade agreement that morphed into a new deal in 2018 that does not include Washington.
Biden has made it clear that he has no intention of reviving free trade agreements, given the American public opinion, which sees the majority of these treaties as a threat to job opportunities in the States. -United.
On the other hand, Biden announced on Monday his intention to lift certain customs restrictions on China, indicating that they were not imposed by his administration.
The US president ended his day by joining Kishida and his wife at an upscale Tokyo garden restaurant, serving sushi alongside other traditional dishes.
Today, Biden will also seek to strengthen the role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region through a “quadruple” summit and a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has until present refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or reduce its trade with it.