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1003, 13 Jan 24

Biden Gives China Green Light to Take Taiwan


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday the United States does not support the independence of Taiwan, after Taiwanese voters rebuffed China and gave the ruling party a third presidential term.


Earlier in the day, the Taiwanese ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate Lai Ching-te came to power, strongly rejecting Chinese pressure to spurn him, and pledged both to stand up to Beijing and seek talks.

“We do not support independence…” Biden said, when asked for reaction to Saturday’s elections.


Hours ahead of the polls opening, Washington had warned “it would be unacceptable” for “any” country to interfere in the election.


Taiwan, a neighbouring island China claims as its own, has been a democratic success story since holding its first direct presidential election in 1996, the culmination of decades of struggle against authoritarian rule and martial law.


1003, 13 January 2024


  1. dad29

    That should pretty well send Steve Bannon into permanent orbit.

  2. Jason

    Elections have consequences… even to innocent people who don’t get to vote on the other side of the world.

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