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Joe Biden's Taiwan gaffes create concern in China and Asia

Once again, a White House spokesman clarified after Biden spoke that there had not been a change in US policy with regard to Taiwan, adding that defense cooperation continues to be conducted under the Taiwan Relations Act, which Congress enacted in 1979.

While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, it has long followed a policy of "strategic ambiguity" on whether it would intervene militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.

This is worded quite differently from Article 5 of the NATO treaty. In the event of an attack on a member state, the NATO treaty explicitly provides for assistance from the other members, including the use of armed force. 

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Figures confirm that the US-Taiwan relationship is getting closer. "In fiscal years 2016 to 2020, the US sold approximately $16.7 billion worth of arms to Taiwan," Overhaus, of the SWP, wrote in Die Welt. "In fiscal year 2020, Taiwan was the largest customer of US arms, at $11.8 billion."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 05:16:52 AM EST

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