US President Joe Biden has said that if China invades Taiwan, the United States will resist. He made the remarks at a CNN news conference on Taiwan’s defense on Thursday.
According to a report in the BBC, Biden was asked by a participant in the event whether he would defend Taiwan and what he would do to keep pace with China’s growing military might. Biden replied, “Yes and yes.” The president also said there was no need to worry about them becoming more powerful. Because, China, Russia and the rest of the world know, our army is the strongest in the history of the world.
The CNN presenter then asked Biden in the second round whether the United States would step in to protect Taiwan if China attacked. Biden replies, ‘Yes. We are committed to doing that. “
Beijing, meanwhile, has reacted to Biden’s comments. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, there is no room for compromise on issues of China’s interest.
China considers Taiwan its territory. But Taiwan has long claimed itself as an independent sovereign state. Taiwan has been blaming Beijing for the ongoing tensions. On the other hand, China is blaming the United States for escalating tensions with Taiwan.
Biden’s statement contradicted a long-running US policy known as “strategic ambiguity.” Under the policy, Washington will help build Taiwan’s defense system, but will not be able to directly promise to defend the island.
Earlier in August, Biden made a similar promise in an interview with ABC News. Despite the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in the face of the Taliban’s victory, he said the United States would always protect real allies, including Taiwan.
Biden said the United States had made “sacred promises” to protect NATO allies in Canada and Europe. There are similar promises for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
However, the White House later told reporters that US policy on Taiwan had not changed.
During a question-and-answer session on CNN’s Town Hall, Biden spoke of his longstanding relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Reiterating his position, Biden said he did not want to start a new Cold War with China. “I just want to make it clear to China that we are not going backwards,” he warned.
Taipei has repeatedly complained about the intrusion of Chinese warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace. China has already sent a nuclear-capable aircraft into Taiwan’s airspace.
After Biden’s remarks on Taiwan’s defense, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said there was no room for compromise. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the United States to stop sending false signals to Taiwan’s independence supporters.
At a regular news briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said there was no room for concessions in China’s core interests.
Hypersonic Weapon Drills
China recently tested a hypersonic missile, the AFP news agency reported. The United States and Russia are rushing to build their own hypersonic weapons. According to AFP, the United States is set to be named after Russia and China in terms of the capabilities of hypersonic missiles. The country has demanded the successful testing of hypersonic missile technology. The test was conducted at a launch site of NASA space agency in the state of Virginia last Wednesday.
The U.S. Navy said in a statement on Thursday that it had tested the hypersonic technology. The test is an important step in the development of hypersonic missiles in the design of the Navy, the statement said. Through this experiment, it has been seen what the latest hypersonic technology and capabilities will look like in real life.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon expects the deployment of hypersonic missiles by 2025. They said the development of such missiles was being given “top priority”.
Hypersonic missiles are much more advanced than conventional missiles. This missile can run at five times the speed of sound. In addition, the technical capabilities of hypersonic missiles make it difficult to detect and detect.
In August of this year, China launched a hypersonic missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons, according to the Financial Times. According to them, the missile landed on the earth’s surface after orbiting the earth. However, it did not hit the target. However, China has denied launching such missiles.
Robert Wood, the US permanent spokesman for the disarmament conference in Geneva, Switzerland, expressed concern earlier this week over China’s actions. He said Russia also has hypersonic technology. If one side uses such technology, other countries want to adopt the same technology at least in the interest of their own defense. Robert Wood commented that this could lead to an arms race.
In 2019, China unveiled a hypersonic missile called DF-16. The medium-range missile can hit targets up to 2,000 kilometers away. It was also said to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Russia also recently launched a hypersonic missile called Zircon from a submarine. In addition, the country has had a hypersonic missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons since 2019. Russia has claimed that the missile could be launched at 28 times the speed of sound.