The United States seeks peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and remains “opposed to any unilateral change of the status quo by either side,” US President Joe Biden told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
The remarks mark the first time Biden has articulated U.S. policy toward China and Taiwan as president in an address to the United Nations General Assembly.
“We will lead diplomacy in our efforts to resolve disputes peacefully,” he said. “We are trying to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. We are committed to the One China policy, which has helped prevent conflicts for 40 years. And we will continue to oppose any unilateral change of the status quo by either side. ”
For decades, the United States decided to establish diplomatic relations with China in 1979 based on the expectation that “Taiwan’s future would be determined by peaceful means,” as stipulated in the Taiwan Relations Act. We have clarified that it was based on The United States also does not support Taiwan independence.
Biden’s remarks came after he said the United States would defend Taiwan if China attacked it, and it was his fourth since taking office in 2021. The White House said Biden has made no policy changes.
Chinese officials responded angrily to Biden’s comments and filed a formal complaint, according to a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry.
On Wednesday, the US president reiterated that Washington does not want military conflict with Beijing. Officials in Washington and Beijing are planning a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders at one of the regional summits in Southeast Asia scheduled for November.
“Let me be candid about the competition between the United States and China,” Biden said. We do not ask you to choose between the
But some experts pointed to a harsher tone in Biden’s speech, which called for China’s “unprecedented and non-transparent nuclear buildup” and human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Richard Gowan, UN Director of the International Crisis Group, wrote in a tweet:
In his address to the United Nations General Assembly last year, Biden did not explicitly mention China.
In September 2021, Biden said, “I will defend my allies and friends and oppose attempts by stronger nations to dominate weaker nations through forceful territorial diversion, economic coercion, technological exploitation and disinformation.” I will,’ he said.
“We will continue to uphold the long-standing rules and norms that have formed the guardrails of our international engagement for decades,” he said, adding that “freedom of navigation, compliance with international law and treaties, and enforcement of arms control measures. We will maintain our underlying commitments such as support, take risks and increase transparency.” Added Biden last year.
US and Canadian warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait this week. China claims the Taiwan Strait as China’s “inland waters” and “territorial waters.” However, under international law, the Taiwan Strait includes a corridor of international waters and airspace beyond the territorial waters of any country that is freely navigable by all ships.