In a TV interview, the US President Joe Biden caused a stir with statements on the conflict over Taiwan and the corona pandemic. In the conversation, which was recorded on Thursday at a Detroit auto show and aired on Sunday, he said US forces would defend Taiwan should an "unprecedented attack" by China occur. When asked if that would mean US soldiers fighting in Taiwan, the US President replied "yes".
This announcement is seen as an attempt China from putting further pressure on the democratic island republic. China claims the area for itself as part of its so-called one-China policy, while Taiwan sees itself as an independent state. Biden had previously always emphasized that he still does not officially recognize Taiwan, but that he wants to help the island with Chinese threats and aggression. Recently, tensions between China, Taiwan and the United States had increased after Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited the island and President Tsai Ing-wen. China then held military maneuvers in the sea area around the island and also fired rockets.
In addition to his comments on the Taiwan conflict, Joe Biden also commented on the corona pandemic and declared it over. "The pandemic is over but we still have a problem with Covid," he said. We are still working on coping with the consequences of the crisis. "As you can see, no one is wearing a mask here. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape, so I think the situation is changing and I think this is a perfect example of that," the US President said.
In the United States, more than 400 people die every day on a seven-day average as a result of Covid 19 disease. The US President tested positive for Corona in July and was treated with the Covid drug Paxlovid. US authorities recently approved two corona vaccines adapted to the omicron variant. The two preparations are so-called bivalent mRNA vaccines from the companies Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna.