‘We are not encouraging independence of Taiwan’, Biden says

14:19, 17 November 2021
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US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States doesn’t encourage Taiwan's independence.

"I said that they have to decide -- Taiwan, not us. We are not encouraging independence," Biden told the reporters on an airport tarmac in New Hampshire while promoting his newly signed Infrastructure Bill.

Biden told the reporters that during a virtual summit with Xi Jinping he made it clear that the United States is complying with the Taiwan Relations Act, under which the United States is committed to providing Taiwan with weapons for defense.

The Taiwan Relations Act was adopted on April 10, 1979, by the US Congress to support Taiwan, which, among other things, mentioned Washington's commitment to Taiwan's security.

Earlier, the Pentagon announced its ability to defend Taiwan if necessary.

"We're encouraging that they do exactly what the Taiwan Act requires. That's what we're doing. Let them make up their mind. Period,” Biden claimed.

The Biden speech comes after a virtual meeting with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday.

The relations between the United States and China have deteriorated in recent years. The American authorities have repeatedly called China one of the main threats, and there was a so-called "trade war" between the countries. 

The Taiwan issue also adds tension while the US adheres to the “one China policy” and continues to support Taiwan militarily.

The US accuses Beijing of setting up military bases on the disputed islands in violation of international law. At the same time, trade flows with an annual turnover of trillions of dollars pass through this region.