“That’s the commitment we made.” Joe Biden warned Monday, May 23 from Tokyo, that the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if Beijing invaded the autonomous island. The American president answered, during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a question about a possible American military intervention against a Chinese attempt to seize this territory by force.
“We agreed with the one China policy, we signed it (…) but the idea that [Taïwan] can be taken by force is simply not appropriate”, he replied. The Chinese are already flirting with danger right now flying so close [de Taïwan] and with all the maneuvers they undertake”lamented Joe Biden.
“Thes recent activities of the Chinese navy” under the eye of Tokyo
Fumio Kishida for his part declared that Japan and the United States would “monitor recent activities of the Chinese navy, as well as movements related to joint exercises by China and Russia“. “We strongly oppose attempts to change the status quo by force in the East China Sea and the South China Sea”he added.
Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the island of Taiwan has been ruled by a rival regime to the Communist regime that governs mainland China. The United States, like most countries, does not officially recognize Taiwan, but they strongly support the island whose status they highlight. “democratic” opposing it to what they deem to be a “autocracy” Chinese.
For its part, China considers Taiwan as one of its provinces and disputes any official relationship between the island of 23 million inhabitants and foreign countries.