Joe Biden gaffe explained: Has Joe Biden changed US policy on Taiwan?

US officials speedily rowed back the President’s comments after the conference.

The White House insisted US policy on Taiwan “has not changed” in a statement.

Officials framed his words as a “commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.

They added President Biden “reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself”.

They added President Biden “reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself”.

Today’s statement was not the first of Mr Biden’s the White House has had to row back.

In August 2021, he told ABC News the US would defend Taiwan as it would any nation under NATO membership.

Two months later, he told attendees at a CNN town hall meeting that his administration had a “commitment” to defending Taiwan.

The White House responded both times by saying the US had “not changed” its approach to Taiwan.