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There has been no change in the U.S.’ policy towards Taiwan, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday.
Watch Price’s remarks in the player above.
“We remain committed to supporting the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and ensuring there is no unilateral change to the status quo. That is where we were then, that is where we are today,” Price told reporters during a news briefing.
Price was responding to questions about a statement made by Biden on Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan.
WATCH: Biden says U.S. would intervene with military to defend Taiwan
Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if China invaded. “That’s the commitment we made,” Biden added at the time.
“What the president said is that our policy is not changed. He reiterated that our One China policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” Price said.
The U.S. traditionally has avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defense. The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which has governed U.S. relations with the island, does not require the U.S. to step in militarily if China invades, but makes it American policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and to prevent any unilateral change of status by Beijing.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments. “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
He added, “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests, and we will do what we say.”
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