Biden “Misspeaks” In Vow To Respond Militarily If China Attacks Taiwan, White House Walks Back

by | May 24, 2022 | Headline News | 11 comments

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

Update(7:41am ET)Biden’s Taiwan statements are now being presented as yet another high stakes moment wherein the aging president “misspeaks” – according to Bloomberg.

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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.

The somewhat incredulous reporter, upon hearing the blunt and perhaps unexpected answer in the affirmative pressed further, “You are?”

“That’s the commitment we made,” the president said.

However, it remains entirely unknown and unclear what “commitment” the president is talking about, given there’s currently no mutual defense treaty between the US and Taiwan (President Carter had terminated the historic Mutual Defense Treaty/MDT). Is President Biden confused? Is he latching on to pre-1979 memories in US foreign policy?

Naturally, the White House quickly scrambled to try and walk back the president’s clear affirmation that he would send a US military force against nuclear-armed superpower China in the event of an invasion. A statement said that the US policy “has not changed.”

Via The Independent

“As the president said, our policy has not changed,” a White House spokesperson said, clearly attempting to downplay and obfuscate Biden’s own words. “He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.”

A number of observers have noted that Biden just casually committed the US to deepened involvement against China, and another future catastrophic war…

Soon after the president’s remarks, Taiwan “thanked” the president for his reaffirmation of US support.

China’s foreign ministry, on the other hand, issued a swift condemnation, expressing “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to his words. It stressed China will not compromise on this issue of its sovereignty, given the democratic island is claimed by Beijing.

The remarks further triggered an avalanche of angry reactions from state-linked pundits…

“No one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will, and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and do not stand against the 1.4 billion Chinese people,” China’s foreign ministry added, which at the same time sounded like a bit of a threat.

Axios speculates that Biden’s words were meant as an intentionally tough deterrent warning to China as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to grind on. International relations professor James Brown told the publication that Washington is “seeking to toughen their policy but without necessarily provoking China.”

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    11 Comments

    1. Anonymous

      So what should we do?

      • Genius

        Drop yer cox and grab yer sox! Go out and find every lgbtq kid and any other retards and convince them to join the army! Great way to get rid of societies trash.

        • Not genius

          That’s way too much work. A draft is easier

        • cranerigger

          Thanks for another great idea. The entire “woke” crowd needs a DRAFT – that’s a surefire way to change their tune.

          • Jbl

            Nah, they’ll all just go to Canada…Justin Trudeau will welcome them!!!

          • Pike

            “Social media made y’all way too comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the face for it”

            “Iron” Mike Tyson

    2. JRS

      Much like Ukraine, the MIC will fight for Taiwan to the very last Taiwanese.

    3. Darth Skippy

      You can learn the basic playbook, out of the dvd bargain bin.

      All peacekeeping in the aftermath is civilian disarmament and forced resettlement.

      There used to be a tradition against standing armies, in order to prevent a reiteration of the Red Coats.

      Go back. Read the litany of abuses in the Declaration, if the comparison confuses you.

      Why weren’t you made to memorize it, by the authorities, I wonder.

      ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • cougar

        its hard to say if the china-Taiwan situation has been planned or is just developing at an opportune time; but there is little doubt ukraine’s war has been pushed into a war and escalated and continued by the elite in the west. i imagine taiwan will mpw follow the same.
        if there is a good chance to make the elite richer and everyone else poorer and more dependent, then you can bet taiwan will escalate.
        this whole period of wars, economic instability and shortages is just a period of making the elite more wealthy at expense of everyone else. everything else is just to distract people while its happening.

    4. Bill

      I am mainly concerned with my family, faith, friends, and finances – the 4 F’s). Other than that I say what I want, do what I want, think how I like, and don’t ask permission from anyone for anything. The most patriotic things a person do is be a dissenter, regularly exercise all you rights, and live as an independent sovereign person. The “greater good” is a myth, it is a contrived propaganda point foisted on people to make them believe that ceding control over their lives to the State makes things better for everyone. This enduring lie has always and only been used to empower the “elite”. The reality is the people always benefit as a whole when each person lives as an independent individual, exercising their own will, utilizing all their God-given talents and rights for their own personal enrichment and empowerment.
      My advise is to stop playing the game their way, do what is best only for you and yours. When you believe the State or its minions, or willingly cooperate in any way, or don’t speak up about anything, or willfully submit to unConstitutional mandates you are playing their game. The only way you win is not play their way. Point out their lies, publicly ridicule them, don’t cooperate willingly. Most of the time even voting doesn’t serve your purpose, only the theirs. The State has always despised you and sees you as nothing more than a managed disposable resource, why try to please it. If you want to be servile go ahead, you’ll never be the better for it.

    5. JRS

      China is doomed. Biden has tested and deployed the Hyperbolic Missile. He launched it through the metaverse and it travelled at the speed of light to every western MSM outlet, annihilating any common sense in its way.

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