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CHINA PROTESTS, CLAIMING THAT BIDEN’S COMMENTS GO AGAINST US POLICY REGARDING TAIWAN.

China protests, claiming that biden's comments go against us policy regarding taiwan.

In response to a question about whether US forces would defend Taiwan, Biden said in an interview on Sunday, “Yes, if there were an unprecedented attack.”

President Joe Biden claimed that Washington would defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion. China said on Monday that it had made “stern representations” to the US in response, adding that his statement “seriously breaches” long-standing US policy on the island.

At a regular press briefing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning stated that “the US side gravely infringes the One China Principle, three China-US joint communique, seriously breaches the US commitment to not support Taiwan independence, and seriously sends erroneous signals to Taiwan independence separatist forces.”

China based its claim that Washington severed formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 and replaced it with Beijing’s recognition as China’s lone representative. Since then, it has played a crucial, if sensitive, role in sustaining the island.

As the law requires, the US must give Taiwan the tools necessary to protect itself. Regarding safeguarding Taiwan, it has a long-standing preferential policy of what is known as strategic ambiguity to dissuade both China and Taiwan from taking actions that would upend the status quo.

Despite making repeated commitments to protect Taiwan from any potential Chinese incursions, Biden has stated that there has been no change in US policy.

CHINA CLAIMS BIDEN IS PLAYING WITH FIRE.

He responded, “Yes, if there were an unexpected attack,” when asked if the United States would defend Taiwan. When questioned if that would entail doing more than just offering support, like in the case of Ukraine, he responded, “Yes.”

In addition, Mr. Biden stated that the United States would not intervene in Taiwan’s decision to seek independence, reversing the previous policy of opposing Taiwanese independence to prevent a conflict with China. Beijing has stated that any administration in Taiwan that declares formal independence would not rule out using force. Taiwanese governments are still in favor of keeping things as they are.

The German Marshall Fund’s Bonnie Glaser responded to his remarks on Twitter, stating that this is the second time Biden has indicated that they should let Taiwan determine whether it remains independent. And it will be more worrying to China than his declarations that the US will defend Taiwan if attacked.

This was the fourth time Mr. Biden indicated a change in “strategic ambiguity.” As in past cases, the White House attempted to minimize his remarks by asserting that official US policy remained unaltered.

However, Beijing did not interpret the comments in that way, claiming that the US had “seriously violated” its prior agreements with China and the three joint communique, as well as “seriously breached the US commitment of not supporting Taiwan’s independence and sent seriously erroneous signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces.”

“In the interim, we will never accept any actions intended to divide China, and we reserve all options for taking the appropriate measures,” said Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry. “Nobody should undervalue our tenacity and determination to protect our territorial integrity and sovereignty,” she continued.

“China has made vehement representations. Taiwan is a part of China, as there is only one China on the globe. Meanwhile, we reserve the right to take any necessary action and will never accept any attempts to divide China,” declared Mao.

China regards the autonomous democracy as a renegade entity and has left open the possibility of using force to reunite it with the mainland.

Mao continued by saying that China reserves the right to take whatever more actions are required in reaction to activities that further divide the country.

Mao asked Washington to handle Taiwan-related matters “seriously and properly” to avoid sending the incorrect message to the “Taiwan independence separatist forces.”

The spokeswoman cautioned the US against doing anything that would adversely harm Sino-US relations and the stability of the Taiwan Strait.

In a phone conversation with Biden in late July, before US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping had cautioned against playing with fire in the Taiwan situation.

When Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August, despite the warning, Beijing issued furious statements, and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted an unprecedented drill around the island.

China this week expressed its vehement opposition to the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, which was adopted by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and urged Washington to stop taking it into consideration. By allowing the government to sanction USD 6.5 billion over the following five years, the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 seeks to expand US military support for Taiwan.