Joe Biden Clarifies: No Backing for Taiwan Independence from the U.S

Biden reasserts U.S. position: No backing for Taiwan independence. The President stands firm amid political shifts, emphasizing longstanding policy.

Jan 14, 2024 - 01:48
Jan 14, 2024 - 01:48
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Joe Biden Clarifies: No Backing for Taiwan Independence from the U.S
Joe Biden Clarifies: No Backing for Taiwan Independence from the U.S

In response to the recent presidential election in Taiwan, U.S. President Joe Biden has restated the United States' position, emphasizing that the country does not back Taiwan's bid for independence. Lai Ching-te, the presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), secured a third term despite Chinese pressure, asserting his commitment to resisting Beijing's influence and seeking diplomatic talks.

When questioned about the election results, Biden clarified, "We do not support independence..." reaffirming the consistent U.S. policy established in 1979 during the shift of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. Despite not officially endorsing Taiwan's independence, the U.S. maintains informal relations and remains a crucial supporter and arms supplier to the self-governed island.

Earlier on the same day, Lai Ching-te assumed office, rejecting Chinese pressure and expressing determination to engage in talks with Beijing. While the U.S. has historically adopted a position of "strategic ambiguity," Biden's recent comments seem to be an attempt to reassure Beijing and avoid potential escalation.

The Biden administration, mindful of potential conflicts with Beijing, has been working to improve relations with China. Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Lai Ching-te on his victory, emphasizing the U.S. commitment to cross-strait peace and stability, as well as the peaceful resolution of differences.

Despite these efforts, Washington issued a warning just hours before the election, stating that "it would be unacceptable" for any country to interfere in the democratic process. Taiwan, recognized by China as its own, has been a democratic success story since its inaugural direct presidential election in 1996.

As a gesture of support for Taiwan, Biden plans to send an unofficial delegation to the island. While the details of the delegation, including former high-ranking American officials, are yet to be finalized, this move is likely to provoke Beijing, echoing similar actions in the past.

China has consistently asserted control over Taiwan, and following the election, Taiwan's government anticipates increased pressure, potentially including military maneuvers near the island this spring. The Biden administration remains committed to managing a delicate balance between supporting Taiwan and maintaining stable relations with China.

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