U.S. President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a two-hour video call on March 18. According to Taiwan’s CNA news, in response, Taiwan Presidential Office spokesman Chang Xavier, said on Saturday, March 19, that he thanked President Biden for emphasizing the security of the Taiwan Strait and his firm support for Taiwan.
According to a statement from the White House, during a background press call, a senior Biden official noted that during the US-China summit, President Biden repeated that U.S. policy towards Taiwan has not changed. And President Biden made clear that the U.S. continues to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo regarding the Taiwan Strait.
In particular, the official said that President Biden reiterated the one-China policy based on the Taiwan Relations Act, the Three Communiqués, the Six Assurances. This is a set of U.S. policies commonly known as “strategic ambiguity,” which helps deter China from invading the island.
The senior official noted, “President Biden himself voted for the Taiwan Relations Act, and he’s firmly committed to its principles. The Biden administration has consistently demonstrated rock-solid support for Taiwan and will continue to do so”.
In this regard, Taiwan Presidential Office spokesman Chang Xavier said that Taiwan appreciates the U.S.’ concern about security in the Taiwan Strait and its unwavering support for the island.
Chang stated that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the Indo-Pacific region is a shared responsibility of all parties in the area and a common expectation of the international community. And Taiwan also expects the Chinese government to take up its shared responsibility as a member of the region.