Biden Says U.S. Will Send Military to Defend Taiwan if China Invades
Could this mean World War 3 if China invades Taiwan?
This week President Biden made it clear the U.S. is ready to intervene with its own military action if China were to move forward and invade Tawain. In a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday, Biden was asked about America’s willingness to get involved “militarily” in response to a Chinese invasion of Tawain.
"Very quickly, you didn't want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?" a reporter asked President Biden during a news conference in Japan.
"Yes," Biden replied.
"You are?" the reporter asked.
"That's the commitment we made," the president said. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed "strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition" to Biden's comments: "China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Shortly after these comments were made by the president, a white house official released a statement clarifying his remarks.
"As the President said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself."
China has long considered Tawain as part of its territory, while the Taiwanese have strongly maintained their individual sovereignty. Tawain is also very economically strong, with the country being an epicenter for semiconductor chip production, a supply chain inconvenience plaguing both China and the U.S.
This gives China big incentive to go through with an invasion of Tawain, along with the upcoming presidential election in November of this year. Though the future is not clear, and many have speculated China will not go through with the invasion, a China-U.S. military conflict could easily spell disaster for the entire world.