Biden says U.S. will defend Taiwan militarily if China invades


May 23, 2022

Biden said Beijing was already “flirting with danger” with its recent military drills and other aggression toward Taiwan, which China views as its own territory.

The question came up in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons,” a reporter asked. “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” “Yes,” Biden responded. “That’s the commitment we made,” he added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the U.S.’s remarks”  and warned Washington against supporting “Taiwan independence.”

“No one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will, and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.