Biden says US forces would defend Taiwan in event of attack by China

China has warned the US it reserves the right to take all necessary measures against efforts that promote Taiwanese independence. President Joe Biden has explicitly confirmed that US troops would defend the island if it were to come under attack from China. The US has so far maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” — not making clear whether it would respond militarily to an attack on Taiwan. But Mr Biden has repeatedly gone beyond Washington’s long-stated stand on this issue.

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