U.S. resident Joe Biden said on Saturday the United States does not support the independence of Taiwan, after Taiwanese voters rebuffed China and gave the ruling party a third presidential term.
Earlier in the day, the Taiwanese ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate Lai Ching-te came to power, strongly rejecting Chinese pressure to spurn him, and pledged both to stand up to Beijing and seek talks.
“We do not support independence…” Biden said, when asked for reaction to Saturday’s elections.
The United States is Taiwan’s most important international backer and arms supplier despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties with the island.
The Biden administration has feared that the election, transition and new administration would escalate conflict with Beijing.