In answer to a question from a reporter, President Biden said we would defend Taiwan militarily "if it comes to that".
"Very quickly, you didn't want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?" a reporter asked the president during a news conference in Japan.
"Yes," Biden replied.
"You are?" the reporter pressed.
"That's the commitment we made," the president said.
Soon afterwards, a White House spokesman appeared to walk that back.
"As the president said, our policy has not changed," the spokesperson said. "He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself."
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