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Biden in Tokyo says US would send military if China invades Taiwan

President Joe Biden said on Monday that the United States would come to the military defense of Taiwan if China invaded and attempted to take control of the self-governing island by force. “That’s the commitment we made,” Biden said during a Tokyo press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Both leaders said they always support the “One China” policy which recognizes that there is only one Chinese government. China considers Taiwan as part of its territory while Taiwan considers itself an independent and sovereign nation. The United States has long tried to find difficult common ground that aims to support Taiwan without infuriating China. Biden, who is on a five-day trip to Asia, on Monday announced the dozen founding partners of his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, an attempt to deepen economic engagement and cooperation in the region and help counter the crisis. China’s growing economic and military influence. “We are writing the new rules of the 21st century economy,” Biden said.

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