Biden stated that on the second day after the meeting with Xi Jinping, the United States did not change its position on Taiwan, nor did it encourage Taiwan’s “independence.”
“We will not change our policy. We do not encourage independence. We encourage them to do exactly what the Taiwan Relations Act provides. This is what we are doing,” the President of the United States said. Joe Biden responded to reporters during a business trip in New Hampshire on November 16.
This comment was made the day after the White House boss and Chinese President Xi Jinping held an online summit. When asked whether the two sides have made any progress on the Taiwan issue, Biden said that he has “clearly” supported the current laws that the United States applies to the island.
According to the “Taiwan Relations Act,” the United States treats Taiwan as part of Chinese territory, but maintains cultural, commercial, and military ties with the island, including arms sales. However, the United States only supports the island’s construction of self-defense capabilities and does not promise to provide defensive support so as not to anger Beijing.
In October last year, when asked whether the United States would support Taiwan against China, Mr. Biden replied “yes.” In early August, the President of the United States also made similar comments. In both cases, the White House later explained that the United States had not changed its policy towards Taiwan.
On November 15, at the three-hour summit, the Taiwan issue was the most discussed topic among US and Chinese leaders. Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi Jinping mentioned the situation in the Taiwan Strait, the Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan, Iran, the global energy market, climate, trade, national defense and security, the Covid-19 pandemic, and many other hot spots in bilateral relations.
Hong Han (follow Agence France-Presse)