WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden stated on Saturday (Jan 13) that the USA doesn’t assist the independence of Taiwan, after Taiwanese voters rebuffed China and gave the ruling social gathering a 3rd presidential time period.
Earlier within the day, the Taiwanese ruling Democratic Progressive Social gathering’s (DPP) presidential candidate William Lai Ching-te got here to energy, strongly rejecting Chinese language strain to spurn him, and pledged each to face as much as Beijing and search talks.
“We don’t assist independence,” Biden stated, when requested for a response to Saturday’s elections.
Hours forward of the polls opening, Washington had warned “it will be unacceptable” for any nation to intervene within the election.
America is Taiwan’s most vital worldwide backer and arms provider, regardless of the dearth of formal diplomatic ties with the island.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Lai on his victory and stated the USA “is dedicated to sustaining cross-strait peace and stability, and the peaceable decision of variations, free from coercion and strain”.
He stated the US seems ahead to working with Lai and leaders of all events in Taiwan to advance their “longstanding unofficial relationship, in line with the US’ One China coverage”.