Biden Says No Change in Strategic Ambiguity Policy for Taiwan

President Biden on Tuesday told reporters that there has been no change in the US’s strategic ambiguity policy on Taiwan.

“The policy has not changed at all,” Biden said. Under the policy, the US will not commit to defending the island in the event of a Chinese invasion.

Biden’s clarification came after he told reporters on Monday that the US would intervene to defend Taiwan, comments that were quickly walked back by the White House. “Yes. That’s the commitment we made,” Biden said when asked if he would get involved militarily to defend Taiwan.

While known for his frequent gaffes, Biden’s pledge to defend Taiwan appeared to be a change in US policy as the comment was made during a high-profile visit to Japan, where the president was expected to take a firm stance against Beijing. But the White House insisted that Biden meant the US would support Taiwan by supplying it with weapons, which Washington has been doing since it severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979.