US says it would defend Taiwan if China attacks
- President Joe Biden said this to the reporters when asked whether the US would defend Taiwan at a crucial juncture.
- But, a White House Spokesman later told some US media outlets that his remarks did not signify a change in policy.
- Taiwan also reacted by saying Mr Biden's statement would not change its own position with regard to China.
- The US has long practiced strategic ambiguity when it comes to the thorny issue of defending Taiwan.