Biden vows to defend Taiwan against China invasion

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The communist leadership on Monday reacted angrily to President Biden's pledge to defend Taiwan from a hypothetical Chinese invasion.

During an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes," Biden was asked if "U.S. military, U.S. men and women, would defend Taiwan in the case of a Chinese invasion." He simply responded, "Yes."

The remarks were "seriously deplored and rejected," according to China's foreign ministry, which also lodged serious concerns with the American side.

The White House is adamant that Biden's vow does not represent a shift in the official line of the United States, which stipulates that Taiwan's status must be settled peacefully and does not specifically state that American military would defend it.

The administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping resents what it perceives as aggressive trips to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other legislators.

After a civil war that left the Communist Party in authority of the mainland and right-wing nationalists in charge of the island, Taiwan and China divided in 1949.

Although many continue to maintain informal links and have extensive economic and investment relations with Taiwan, mainland China has persuaded the majority of foreign nations to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing.

Federal law requires Washington to ensure that Taiwan has the capacity to defend itself, but it is unclear whether American military would be sent. Although there are no official diplomatic ties between the US and the island, there are still some.

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