The is not U.S. policy, which for decades has been one of “strategic ambiguity” over what we would do if China attacked Taiwan.
Biden just committed the United States to defending Taiwan.
This is a bad mistake, and one which the administration will likely correct. But what isn’t clear is what the Chinese leadership will think about it.
According to Fox News:
President Joe Biden vowed to protect Taiwan from any Chinese incursion during a CNN town hall on Thursday night.
“Are you saying the US would come to Taiwan’s defense if China were to attack?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Biden to which the president responded, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that . . . ”
The Taiwan Relations Act to which the United States is currently party does not guarantee the U.S. will engage militarily if China attacks Taiwan, which it has claimed for decades is sovereign Chinese territory, but states that the United States “will make available to Taiwan such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain self-sufficient defense capabilities.”
U.S. presidents have pursued a policy of “strategic ambiguity” so that China would not know exactly what the U.S. response would be to an attack.