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What is the Biden administration's stance on defending Taiwan?
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    Biden: US would defend Taiwan against Chinese invasion.
    Associated Press (Center) • Factual Grade 77% • 3 min read

    Biden said “yes” when asked during an interview on CBS News’s “60 Minutes” program whether “U.S. forces, U.S. men and women, would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.” The White House said after the interview U.S. policy hasn’t changed. That policy says Washington wants to see Taiwan’s status resolved peacefully but doesn’t say whether U.S. forces might be sent in response to a Chinese attack.
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    Washington is obligated by federal law to see that Taiwan has the means to defend itself. The U.S. has no formal relations with the island but maintains informal diplomatic ties. Washington says it doesn’t support formal independence for Taiwan, a stance Biden repeated in the interview. In May, Biden [made similar comments about defending Taiwan].
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    [A spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry] said the remarks violate Washington’s commitment not to support formal independence for Taiwan, a step Beijing has said would lead to war. [She] called on Washington to “not to send any wrong signals” to supporters of Taiwan independence.
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    China wants Taiwan and the clock is ticking louder every day.
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    Strategic ambiguity works: US clarity on Taiwan would be wildly dangerous.
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Why was Adnan Syed released from prison after 22 years?


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Why did the Taliban free a US Navy veteran?


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Why have protests in Iran over a woman's death in police custody escalated?


    Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from Iran's Kurdistan province, fell into a coma and died following her arrest in Tehran last week by the morality police, who enforce strict rules in the Islamic republic requiring women to...

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What have new reports found on book bans across the United States?


    PEN America, a nonprofit group that advocates for free expression in literature, found that [in the 2021-22 school year] books were banned in 5,049 schools with a combined enrollment of nearly 4 million students...

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