Biden says US defends Taiwan against China

The United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if it were attacked by China, US President Joe Biden says. A bombshell report has recently claimed American Marines and special operations forces have been secretly training Taiwanese soldiers on the island.

Biden stated the United States is not seeking a cold war with China, but will not give up on its positions.

“I don’t want a cold war with China. I want China to understand that we are not going to step back and change any of our views,” Biden said at the CNN town hall on Thursday.

“China, Russia and the rest of the world knows we have the most powerful military in the history of the world,” he added.

Biden also said that the United States would defend Taiwan in case China attacks the island.

“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” he added.

Biden’s nominee for the position US Ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, stated during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that China represents the greatest security threat to the United States and the democratic world and unlike Washington, Beijing has no real allies.

Burns called on Congress and Biden administration to scale up security cooperation and arms provisions to Taiwan to defend itself from China.

The Wall Street Journal had reported that US Marines and special operations forces have been secretly training Taiwanese soldiers on the island to defend against possible Chinese aggression. The report said the US soldiers have been operating in Taiwan for at least a year, during which time they have conducted training for Taiwanese ground force units as a way to prepare them for threats coming from China.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said China might mount a full-scale invasion of the island nation by 2025. China in recent days has sent almost 150 military aircraft close to Taiwan while the US and other allied forces conducted drills in the South China Sea.

Meantime, China’s Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun stated the international community should call on the United States to stop dragging Taiwan into a war.

“Some countries, the US, in particular, is taking dangerous actions, leading the situation in Taiwan Strait into a dangerous direction,” Zhang noted during a press briefing on Thursday, adding that “at this moment, what we should call is that the United States stops such practice. Dragging Taiwan into a war, definitely, is in nobody’s interest”.

Commenting on the drills near the border with Taiwan, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office had announced Beijing’s military exercises are aimed at guarding its national sovereignty and preventing foreign interference in the relations between the mainland and the island.

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