U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, on April 14, said that the situation in Taiwan is different from that in Ukraine and that the U.S. side will take all possible measures to ensure that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan does not occur.
Jake Sullivan had a meeting with David Rubenstein, President of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., on April 14. The topic revolves around Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
When Rubenstein asked if the U.S. side was worried that China would invade Taiwan, Sullivan said, “We have expressed our concerns about China taking efforts to unilaterally change the status quo,” adding that China is carefully monitoring what’s happening in Ukraine to withdraw its lessons.
However, Sullivan stressed that the “situation with Ukraine and the situation with Taiwan are not the same.” It is because the U.S. relationship and security partnership with Taiwan is based on the Taiwan Relations Act.
Sullivan went on to say that over the past few weeks, the Biden administration has discussed with its allies and partners, including Europe, to say, “This kind of thing can happen in Europe, this kind of thing can also happen in the Indo-Pacific. And it is incumbent upon responsible countries in the world to send a clear message that any type of aggression is unacceptable wherever it happens.”
Rubenstein also asked if China were to invade Taiwan and whether there was an official government policy that the U.S. would defend Taiwan.
In response, Sullivan bluntly stated, “Our official government policy is that we are going to take every step we possibly can to ensure that never happens.”