US forces ‘would defend Taiwan’ in face of Chinese invasion, Joe Biden says in candid interview


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American President Joe Biden has said US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion - his strongest words yet on the issue. Asked in a TV interview whether America would defend the self-ruled island, claimed by China, he replied bluntly: "Yes, if in fact, there was an unprecedented attack." The US has long stuck to a policy of "strategic ambiguity" and not made clear whether it would respond militarily, to an attack. Asked to clarify if he meant that, unlike in Ukraine, US forces would defend Taiwan from Chinese invasion, Mr Biden again replied: "Yes." The...