US President Joe Biden says America will intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan
- US President Joe Biden has said that the US would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan. He said the burden to protect Taiwan is "even stronger" after Russia's action in Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades.
- The US traditionally has avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defence treaty.
- The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which has governed US relations with the island, does not require the US to step in militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades. However, it mandates America to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and to prevent any unilateral change of status in Taiwan by Beijing.
Key Facts about China-Taiwan Tensions:
- Taiwan is officially called Republic of China
- Taiwan claims it is an independent country.
- China and Taiwan have nearly gone to war several times since 1949.
- The former President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou had a pleasant relationship with China but under Tsai Ing -wen, the conflicts have rised.
- Taiwan says China has thousands of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles as well as cruise missiles pointed at Taiwan.
- In January 1955, the U.S. Congress passed the “Formosa Resolution,” which gave President Eisenhower total authority to defend Taiwan
- Taiwan and China last joined battle on a large scale in 1958.
- China recently flew 28 fighter jets towards Taiwan on June 15, 2021.
- China has blamed the United States for the latest tensions due to its support for Taiwan's government.
Published date : 24 May 2022 05:50PM