US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was asked on CNN whether the US military was preparing to send troops to Taiwan in line with Pesident  Biden’s comments, but he declined to answer directly. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was asked on CNN whether the US military was preparing to send troops to Taiwan in line with Pesident Biden’s comments, but he declined to answer directly. Photo: Getty Images/TNS

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin vows US will help Taiwan defend itself if Beijing invades

  • US defence secretary stops short of echoing Biden’s vow to send troops to the island if attacked
  • Austin tells CNN he sees ‘no imminent threat’ of invasion but increased military activity in Taiwan Strait shows Beijing seeks to establish ‘a new normal’

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was asked on CNN whether the US military was preparing to send troops to Taiwan in line with Pesident  Biden’s comments, but he declined to answer directly. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was asked on CNN whether the US military was preparing to send troops to Taiwan in line with Pesident Biden’s comments, but he declined to answer directly. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
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