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Biden meets with Quad leaders in Tokyo, says no change in Taiwan policy
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TOKYO — President Biden stressed on Tuesday that his policy towards Taiwan had not changed, a day after he forcefully promised — as he has done before — that the United States would come to the island’s defense if it was attacked by neighboring China.

At a meeting here of leaders from the United States, India, Australia and Japan, Biden was asked to expand on his unequivocal remarks this week that he would intervene militarily if Beijing tried to take Taiwan by force. . The remarks were an apparent shift from longstanding US policy of remaining deliberately vague about its actions in such eventualities, a principle known as “strategic ambiguity”.

Asked on Tuesday whether that policy was dead, Biden replied, “No.” He again underlined this position when asked if he would send American troops to the self-governing island if China invaded.

“The policy hasn’t changed at all,” Biden said. “I said that when I gave my statement yesterday.”

The president and a White House official had both said Monday that Biden’s remarks did not represent a shift in US policy, despite the immediate outcry from Beijing. This exact scenario — in which Biden pledges to militarily defend Taiwan and his aides roll it back — has happened before, such as during a CNN forum in October.

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His comments came Tuesday at a meeting of the Quad, a partnership of influential Indo-Pacific democracies widely seen as a counterweight to China. The four nations came together in 2004 for relief efforts following the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and have met sporadically since, though the Biden administration has grown in prominence.

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