According to Reuters, U.S. President Joe Biden said the U.S. would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan in a joint news conference with the Japanese leader on May 23.
A reporter asked Biden if the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it were attacked. The U.S. President answered in the affirmative.
He said, “That’s the commitment we made. … We agree with a one-China policy. We’ve signed on to it, and all the intended agreements [were] made from there. But the idea that, that it can be taken by force, just taken by force, is just not, is just not appropriate.”
It is President Bidens’ first visit to Japan since taking office. He made the comment as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida looked on. According to Reuters, it is an apparent departure from the existing U.S. policy of so-called strategic ambiguity on Taiwan.
In October 2021, Biden made a similar statement by saying that the U.S would Protect Taiwan.
At that time, Biden was asked whether the United States would protect Taiwan at a CNN town hall event, and he said, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”