U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would respond militarily if China intervenes in Taiwan by force, telling reporters in Tokyo, "That's the commitment we made."
"Look, here's the situation," Biden told reporters during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. "We agree with the One China policy. We signed on to it, and all the attendant agreements made from there, but the idea that it can be taken by force, just taken by force, is (just not) appropriate."
Under the "One China" policy, the U.S. acknowledges China's position that Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially recognized Beijing's claim to the island of 23 million.
In a statement following Biden's remarks Monday, a White House official said the US' official position remained unchanged. "As the President said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself," the official said.