Biden says U.S. would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan

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Tokyo — Biden says U.S. would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan

President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, in one of the most forceful and overt statements in support of Taiwan in decades.

Mr. Biden said the burden to protect the self-ruled island was “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr. Biden spoke at a joint news conference held in Tokyo with Fumio Kirishida, the Japanese Prime Minister. He stated that “That’s our commitment.” “

He stated that a Chinese attempt to use force against Taiwan was “just not appropriate” and added that it would “dislocate all of the region and be another similar action to what happened in Ukraine. “

Mr. Biden also stated that Beijing is “flirting in danger” due to recent military flights near Taiwan.

Japanese PM Kishida meets U.S. President Biden, in Tokyo
President Biden speaking during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after their meeting at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 23, 2022.

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Under the “One China” policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It maintains informal contacts with Taiwan, including an embassy in Taipei. The U.S. also supplies military equipment for the island’s defense.

Mr. Biden also stated that Russia must pay a “long-term price” because of its “barbarism” in Ukraine, which he said would be in the form sanctions from the U.S. along with its allies.

He claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to erase the “identity of Ukraine” because he “cannot occupy it.” “

The president stated that if the sanctions were not maintained in many ways, what message does it send to China about how much it will cost to try to take Taiwan by force? The U.S. has refused to be involved in the Ukraine war and instead provided military and economic assistance to the war-torn country.

RECESSION

When asked if a recession is inevitable in the U.S., Mr. Biden said simply, “No,” despite record high inflation and supply shortages partly caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He acknowledged that the American economy had “problems”, but said it was better than other countries.

“We have issues that the rest has,” Biden stated. However, they are less severe than those of the rest of “the world .”

Mr. Biden acknowledged the impact that high energy prices and severe supply shortages are having on American families. Biden said that his administration was working to alleviate the pain of U.S. families, but that immediate solutions were unlikely.

” This is going to take some time,” Biden stated. “This will take some time. “

Japanese PM Kishida meets U.S. President Biden, in Tokyo
President Biden during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after their bilateral meeting at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 23, 2022.

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IPEF

The comments came just before his planned launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a new trade deal his administration designed to signal U.S. dedication to the contested economic sphere and to address the need for stability in commerce after disruptions caused by the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr. Biden stated that the new framework would also improve U.S. cooperation in the region.

The White House stated that the framework will allow the United States and Asian economies to work closer on issues such as supply chains, digital trading, worker protections, and anticorruption. The details of the agreement are still being negotiated between the member countries. This makes it difficult for the administration not to state how the agreement will fulfill its promise to help U.S. workers, businesses, and meet global needs.

Critics say the framework has many flaws. It doesn’t offer incentives for potential partners by lowering tariffs, nor does it give signatories greater access to U.S. market markets. These limitations may not make U.S. framework a more attractive option to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-Pacific Partnership still progressed after the U.S. bailout. China, which is the largest trading partner in the region, also wants to join the TPP. Beijing called the proposed structure a “clique.” “

MONKEYPOX

On another matter, he sought to calm concerns about recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States, saying he didn’t see the need to institute strict quarantine measures.

Speaking in Tokyo a day after he said the virus was something “to be concerned about,” the president said, “I just don’t think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with COVID-19.

Monkeypox is rarely identified outside of Africa. But as of Friday, there were 80 confirmed cases worldwide, including at least two in the United States and another 50 suspected ones. One presumptive case was discovered in Broward County, South Florida. Officials believe it was related to international travel.

Although the disease is part of the same virus family that smallpox, the symptoms are milder. Although most people recover in two to four weeks, the disease can sometimes be fatal.

Mr. Biden stated that the smallpox vaccine is effective against monkeypox. Asked whether the U.S. has enough stockpile of that vaccine to handle the monkeypox spread, he replied, “I think we do have enough to deal with the likelihood of a problem.”

U.N.

Japan’s Kishida said Mr. Biden supports Japan becoming a permanent member of a “reformed” U.N. Security Council as calls grow for such reform. Japan would join the U.S.A., Britain, France, China, France and Russia as permanent members if it is approved by the international body.

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