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President Biden reiterates that U.S. would defend Taiwan

All national dailies reported on Tuesday that President Biden said during an interview with CBS aired on Sunday that the United States would defend Taiwan if China staged an attack against the island. According to the papers, when asked if U.S. forces would defend Taiwan, the President reportedly responded: “Yes, if in fact, there was an unprecedented attack.” Mainichi said this was the fourth time for the President to make a public comment that seemed to deviate from the U.S. “strategic ambiguity” over Taiwan. Nikkei wrote that after the interview, a White House official explained that the U.S. policy on Taiwan remains unchanged. The papers wrote that on Monday a Chinese foreign embassy spokesperson reacted sharply to the President’s remarks, urging the United States not to send a “wrong signal to the separatist forces of Taiwan independence” and expressing “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition.”

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