Speaking at the daily press conference in Beijing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning stated that they protested Washington through diplomatic channels, without mentioning Biden’s name.
Inviting the United States to “handle Taiwan-related issues carefully and appropriately”, and “not to send false signals to the forces defending Taiwan’s independence”, Spokesperson Mao said that the Washington administration should avoid words and actions that would harm their relations and disrupt peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. warned.
“We are ready to do all we can for peaceful reunification (with Taiwan), but at the same time we cannot tolerate any action aimed at separatism,” Mao said.
Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou thanked the US President for “reaffirming that Washington’s support for Taiwan’s security is rock solid.”
Stating that they are grateful to Biden and the US administration for their support, Spokesperson Ou said, “The latest statements show once again that China’s growing threat in the Taiwan Strait is causing widespread concern around the world.”
Ou stated that Taiwan will strengthen its self-defense capability by working with the United States and other like-minded countries, and will jointly defend the rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific Region.
BIDEN’S EXPLANATION ON TAIWAN
President Biden made a statement about Taiwan in an interview with the “60 Minutes” program broadcast on CBS television last night.
The host asked, “Will US forces defend the Island?” Biden replied, “Yes, if there is an unprecedented attack.”
“Unlike Ukraine, will US forces, male and female members of the US military, defend Taiwan if China invades?” He repeated his explanation by answering “Yes” to the question.
The host asked, “What should Chinese President Xi (Cinping) know about your stance on Taiwan?” In response to the question, Biden said, “We stand by what we signed off on a long time ago. We are committed to the one-China policy and we do not direct Taiwan to independence, we do not encourage them. Independence is the Taiwanese’s own decision.”
IS “STRATEGIC ambiguity” Abandoned?
It is interpreted that Biden’s words are the most obvious statement that goes against Washington’s policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan so far.
Adopting the “One China” policy and recognizing the Beijing administration as the legitimate government of all China, Washington, in the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, will support the Island to have the military capacity to ensure its self-defense and oppose actions to unilaterally change the status quo in the region. He had promised to come out.
However, these commitments do not impose an obligation on the United States to directly defend Taiwan militarily. This policy has been called “strategic ambiguity”, with Washington refraining from making official statements that the US military will actively defend the Island.
After the interview, the producers of the program also included a statement from the White House emphasizing that the US policy towards Taiwan has not changed and reiterating the rhetoric of strategic ambiguity. “The United States cannot officially say that the American military will protect Taiwan,” the statement said.
US President Joe Biden made a similar statement during his visit to Japan in May, when a journalist asked, “Will the US defend the island militarily in case of China’s invasion?” He replied, “Yes, that’s our commitment”.
After Biden’s words, it was observed that tensions related to Taiwan increased in US-China relations.
VISIT PELOSI AND MY MILITARY INCOME
The US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on 2-3 August brought tensions to a climax. Before the visit, Beijing spokesmen had warned that they would take strong countermeasures, including “military response,” if Pelosi’s visit took place.
Pelosi became the first Speaker of the US House of Representatives to visit the island, which is in a sovereignty conflict with China, in 25 years. The visit drew the reaction of China, which saw the island as part of its territory.
After the visit, the Chinese army started military exercises around the island, and the exercises that lasted for 7 days created a de facto blockade around the island. During exercises using real weapons and ammunition, guided missiles fired from mainland China fell into the waters near Taiwan.
The army spokesman announced that the exercises were completed on August 10, but stated that the military patrol activity in the Taiwan Strait would continue.
Beijing, emphasizing the “One China principle”, opposes Taiwan’s establishing independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the United Nations and other international organizations, and stipulates that the countries that recognize it should break diplomatic relations with Taiwan.