Biden vows to protect Taiwan, launches Indo-Pacific trade pact

Tokyo and Washington

President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan, saying the burden of protecting Taiwan is “even heavier” after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the strongest presidential statements in support of home rule in decades.

Mr. Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if China were to invade. “That’s the commitment we made,” he added.

Biden, who is in the midst of a five-day visit to South Korea and Japan, also on Monday launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations aimed at strengthening their economies.

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