Asked on Tuesday if the policy was dead, Biden replied: “No.” Asked if he would send US troops to the self-governing island if China invaded, he reiterated that position.
“The policy hasn’t changed at all,” Biden said. “I said that when I made my statement yesterday.”
Both the president and a White House official said Monday that Biden’s remarks did not represent a change in U.S. policy, despite Beijing’s immediate outburst. This particular scenario – where Biden has promised to defend Taiwan militarily and his allies are pushing it back – has been seen before, as during the CNN forum in October.
Biden’s charming South Korea seeks to strengthen ties with Indo-Pacific
His remarks came during a meeting of the Quad on Tuesday, a partnership of influential Indo-Pacific democracies that is widely seen as a counterweight to China. The four countries came together in 2004 for relief work in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, but the Biden administration increased its importance but was met with sporadic visits.