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Biden's Asia policy

Biden's Taiwan comment sparks uncertainty over 'strategic ambiguity'

Third statement by president on island defense not dismissed as a gaffe

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on May 23.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. President Joe Biden's assertion Monday that his government would use military force to defend Taiwan has set off speculation that Washington is reassessing its long-held policy of "strategic ambiguity" on the island.

Biden said "yes" when asked in a joint news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida whether the U.S. would get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if necessary, adding that "that's the commitment we made."

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