Update(7:41am ET): Biden's Taiwan statements are now being presented as yet another high stakes moment wherein the ageing president "misspeaks" - according to Bloomberg.
While on a visit to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, President Joe Biden said that American troops would defend Taiwan if it came under attack from China.
"You didn't want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?" a reporter asked Biden during a news conference. "Yes," Biden replied.