In an address in Japan, President Biden vowed that the United States would come to aid Taiwan in the event it is attacked by China, despite insisting that America’s foreign policy with the country remains unchanged.

Biden was in a press conference in Tokyo when journalists asked him if the US would intervene to help defend Taiwan. He replied: “That’s the commitment we made.”

Contradictory to what he just said, Biden followed up his statement by adding that the US maintains its one-China policy, which recognizes Beijing as the sole legal government of China. The President, however, said that “the idea that it (Taiwan) can be taken by force… is just not appropriate.”

“Look, here’s the situation: We agree with the One China policy; we’ve signed on to it and all the attendant agreements made from there. But the idea that — that it can be taken by force — just taken by force — is just not a — is just not appropriate,” he said.

“It will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine. And so, it’s a burden that is even stronger,” Biden added.

President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (President Biden). Source:
President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (President Biden/Twitter)

The President’s statements shocked those in attendance. One reporter, Sebastian Smith from the Agence France-Presse, said that Biden’s remarks “raised adrenaline levels” in the room.

“Biden’s affirmation that “yes” the US would defend Taiwan really raised adrenaline levels in that palace briefing room right now. Next, we all get to try and explain what it all actually means,” Smith wrote in a tweet.

It took the Pentagon mere minutes before they began to walk back Biden’s remarks. Such offhand outbursts have become an attribute of the Biden presidency. Every time the President slips up and speaks his mind, the ritual clean-up procedure follows.