‘Amateur hour!’ Joe Biden slammed as White House walks back Taiwan defence remarks

Joe Biden slammed by Chang for 'amateur' comments on Taiwan

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Joe Biden has been blasted for overseeing “amateur hour” at the White House after the US President was forced to walk back on a previous statement which appeared to talk up the United States’s willingness to use force to defend Taiwan from China. Mr Biden’s mishandling of the US policy on Taiwan has been blasted by Asia expert Gordon Chang who argues the gaffe could have grave consequences for US “defence commitments around the world.”

Mr Chang told Fox News: “This is amateur hour at 1600, Pennsylvania.

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It was the first joint military exercise by China and Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to a US official, and it came at the tail end of Biden’s four-day trip.

“We think it shows that China continues to be willing to closely align themselves with Russia, including through military cooperation,” a senior administration official said, adding that such actions must be planned well in advance.

“China is not walking away from Russia. Instead, the exercise shows that China is ready to help Russia defend its east while Russia fights in its west,” the official said.

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Mr Biden stressed during the trip, intended in part to counter China’s growing influence in the region, that the United States will stand with its allies and partners to push for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Beijing and Moscow declared a “no-limits” partnership just weeks before Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, and China has refused to condemn the move.

The joint patrol lasted 13 hours over the Japanese and East China seas and involved Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and Chinese Xian H-6 jets, the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

Planes from the Japanese and South Korean air forces shadowed the Russian and Chinese jets for part of the exercise, it said.

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