10/22, 4:53 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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WH: No change in policy towards Taiwan - report

The White House said on Friday that there is no change to the United States' policy on Taiwan, commonly referred to as 'strategic ambiguity,' in an apparent effort to clarify President Joe Biden's earlier comments on defending the island from Chinese attack.

Responding to a request for comment from The Hill, a White House spokesperson reportedly stated that "the President was not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy ... The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan's self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo."

The clarification follows a rebuke from Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin and an assurance from United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that "nobody wants to see" any escalation of the China-Taiwan conflict.

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