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.
Biden’s charm offensive aims to strengthen ties with South Korea and the Indo-Pacific
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.