Oct 22, 2021 08:40 UTC
  • Biden says US would come to Taipei's defense

US President Joe Biden says the United States would come to Taipei's defense, claiming it had a commitment to defend the self-ruled island China asserts sovereignty over.

"Are you saying the US would come to” Taipei’s defense “if China were to attack?" CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Biden on Thursday night to which the president responded, "Yes, we have a commitment to do that."

According to Press TV, China has sovereignty over Chinese Taipei, and under the "One China" policy, almost all world countries recognize that sovereignty. Beijing also opposes other countries pursuing ties with the island and has consistently warned Washington and other countries against engaging with Taipei.

Biden’s remarks come as the US military announced Sunday that an American warship and a Canadian warship had sailed through the Taiwan Strait last week in what China called an attempt “to provoke and stir up trouble” in the strait.

The US military dispatched Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey through the waterway that separates China from Chinese Taipei, which Beijing considers a part of the mainland. 

The Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg also went through the waterway.

Both ships sailed through the waterway on Thursday and Friday, according to the US military.

On Sunday, the Chinese military condemned the US and Canada for each sending a warship, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region.