The United States would be willing to intervene militarily in the event of an attack on the island of Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory. This was stated by US President Joe Biden at a press conference in Tokyo. He added that China was playing with fire, according to foreign news agencies. The AP reports about one of the strongest expressions of support for Taiwan in decades. US Commitment The White House chief made it at a joint news conference after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumi Kishid, who asked him if the United States would come to Taiwan’s military aid if the island faced a Chinese invasion. The American president replied in the affirmative, then added: “This is a commitment we have made.” According to the White House, Biden and Kishid have agreed to work together on “China’s increasingly coercive behavior.” Biden stressed that the United States officially recognizes the so-called the one-China policy pursued by Beijing for a long time, but they are strongly opposed to any attempt at China-dominated Taiwan. To prevent another Ukraine at the same time made a direct link between Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and the Chinese threat to Taiwan. “It would destabilize the whole region and it would be an event similar to the one we are witnessing in Ukraine,” Biden said after the talks. The US president considers it important that the head of the Kremlin “Putin pays the price for his barbarism in Ukraine” and that the consequences for him are long-lasting. According to him, it is not only Ukraine itself, but also China, which is closely following the West’s reaction to Russia’s aggressive steps. “What signal are we sending to China in terms of the consequences of trying to seize Taiwan by force?” Biden asked, saying that Beijing had no right to take such a step. The head of the White House expressed the belief that the Chinese invasion of Taiwan would not eventually take place, which, however, he said would also depend on the strong and clear position of the West on this issue. After talks with Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Chisida said Japan and the United States would jointly monitor China’s naval activities, as well as China’s and Russia’s military exercises and other issues related to Beijing, such as human rights violations. At the same time, on his first visit to Asia, the White House chief assured the Japanese prime minister that the United States was determined to support Japan’s defenses. He called Kishidu a good friend. “The US-Japan alliance has long been a cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, and the United States remains fully committed to supporting Japan’s defense,” Biden said. Among other things, he announced the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a new type of trade agreement with more than ten partners. According to Biden, the agreement will bring “concrete benefits”. Before negotiating with Chishid, the White House chief met with Emperor Naruhit of Japan. The White House said Biden greeted the emperor on behalf of the American people and stressed the strength of American-Japanese relations. During a two-day visit to Japan, Biden will have a summit of the leaders of the quadripartite security alliance Quad on Tuesday, which, in addition to Japan and the USA, also includes India and Australia. Biden flew to Japan from South Korea on Sunday and will return to the United States on Tuesday.
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