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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States does not “support Taiwan independence” during his trip to Beijing this week, clarifying U.S. policy toward Taiwan that President Joe Biden himself has been unclear on.
“We do not support Taiwan independence,” Blinken said Monday. “We remain opposed to any unilateral changes to the status quo by either side.”
Blinken added that the United States continues to “expect the peaceful resolution” of the countries’ differences but that America also “remain[s] committed” to “making sure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself.” Blinken is the first U.S. cabinet-level official to visit China since 2019 and ended the trip on Monday with an unexpected meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Biden has made conflicting statements on U.S. policy toward Taiwan. He said in September 2022 that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense in the case of a Chinese invasion, drawing anger from China. He made a similar comment in 2021—in both cases, the White House walked back the remarks.