Taiwan’s diplomats sought immediate clarification from their American counterparts after President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping would abide by “the Taiwan agreement.”
Biden’s comments were promoted by a question about the increase in Chinese military aircraft activity near the island democracy this October. The remarks caused some confusion and momentary alarm by injecting a new phrase into Taiwan and China policy discourse in the United States.
“I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree, we will abide by the Taiwan agreement,” the president told reporters outside the White House. “We made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement.”