The US remains committed to its obligations to Taiwan and would not want the current status quo in the area to change because of any military action. This was announced on Monday by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby at a regular briefing for journalists.
“Everyone at the Pentagon is closely monitoring compliance with our obligations to help Taiwan so that it can defend itself <…>, nothing has changed in US policy towards Taiwan,” he said. “No one wants the status quo [in this region] to change because of unilateral actions, and of course no one wants it to change because of the use of force.”
Earlier, Kirby said that the US administration does not want a confrontation with China over Taiwan, and Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin expressed US concern about “significant changes” in the structure of Chinese strategic forces, as well as the lack of “proper transparency” regarding Beijing’s actions in the region.
At the beginning of the year, Beijing called on the United States to stop contacts with the Taiwanese administration and not to send signals to Taipei about the island’s “independence” from China. On January 23, the press service of the US State Department said that the United States will continue to provide military assistance to Taiwan and calls on Beijing to “stop exerting military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan.”