U.S. President Joe Biden said the world knows the power of the U.S. military and weaponry, so Americans need not worry about that. It's more important for Russia and China not to make a mistake that leads to the possibility of testing that power, he said Oct. 21, answering questions from voters at a Baltimore City Hall to CNN. "China, Russia and the whole world know that we have the most powerful army in the perspective of world history. Don't worry about whether they will be more powerful than us.
It's much more important to worry about whether their actions will lead to a serious mistake," Biden said. Guidance Island: Why the PRC is scaring Taiwan with an invasion drill And to whom, in reality, is Beijing's demonstration of military power addressed He added that he was not going to engage in a prolonged conflict with China. Besides, he said, he has spent more time with Xi Jinping than any other world leader. "I don't want a cold war with China. I want China to understand: we're not going to back down and change any of our views," the White House head explained.
The issue of military power and relations with China was raised in connection with the situation in Taiwan. The Chinese Air Force sent 38 combat aircrafts to the island's air defense identification zone in early October. Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that a "reunification" between China and Taiwan is inevitable. The U.S. recognizes the "one-China principle" while providing Taiwan with defensive weapons. Biden was asked whether the U.S. would be willing to help the island in the event of a PRC attack. To which he said that the U.S. is determined to stand up to Taiwan's defense, according to its commitments.
The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is governed by the Taiwan Relations Act. Washington will support Taiwan's self-defense and "oppose any unilateral change in the status quo," a U.S. presidential administration official later explained Biden's words. China calls the United States' actions toward Taiwan dangerous and recommends that they be stopped. This statement was made by Zhang Jun, permanent representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, on October 21.