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DOS official clarifies President Biden’s remark on Taiwan

NHK and Yomiuri took up remarks made by President Biden during an ABC interview in which he suggested that the U.S. would defend Taiwan just like it would defend NATO, Japan, or South Korea if it were attacked. “We made a sacred commitment to Article 5 that if in fact anyone were to invade or take action against our NATO allies, we would respond. Same with Japan, same with South Korea, same with Taiwan.” The reports said the reference to Taiwan was controversial since the U.S. has no treaty obligation to defend the island territory and it represented a deviation from the long-held U.S. position of “strategic ambiguity” about a U.S. response to a cross-strait contingency. State Department spokesperson Price reportedly clarified the President’s remark later by saying the U.S. position has not changed. Yomiuri speculated that the U.S. leader appeared to have “misspoken.” 

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