Taiwan lies fewer than 110 millas (177 kilómetros) off the coast of China. For more than 70 years the two sides have been governed separately, but that hasn’t stopped China’s ruling Communist Party from claiming the island as its own — despite having never controlled it.
En semanas recientes, Beijing has sent dozens of warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, and Chinese leader Xi Jinping has said that “reunificación” between China and Taiwan is inevitable while refusing to rule out the use of force.
Biden compared a potential invasion of Taiwan by China to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, warning, “It will dislocate the entire region,” and emphasizing “Russia has to pay a long-term price for its actions.”
“And the reason I bother to say this, not just about Ukraine — if in fact after all he’s done, there’s a rapprochement…between the Ukrainians and Russia, and these sanctions are not continued to be sustained in many ways, then what signal does that send to China about the cost of attempting, attempting to take Taiwan by force?”
Biden said that China is “already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers they’re undertaking.”
“But the United States is committed, we made a commitment, we support the One China policy, we support all we’ve done in the past, but that does not mean, it does not mean that China has the ability, has the, Perdóneme, jurisdiction to go in and use force to take over Taiwan,” él agregó.