The most direct remark Joe Biden has made on the subject so far is that US soldiers would defend Taiwan in the case of a Chinese invasion.

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In response to a question about whether US Marines would protect the autonomous island that China claimed, 

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He said, "Yes, if there were an extraordinary attack." The interview was broadcast on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday.

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After being questioned about the president's remark, a White House official stated that US policy towards Taiwan had not changed.

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Chinese officials said that they had made "stern representations" to the US.

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The comments made by the US president cast doubt on Washington's long-standing stance of "strategic ambiguity" on Taiwan.

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President Biden should ensure that the US military has the capacity to defend Taiwan if that is his intention, she added.

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