TOKYO - US President Joe Biden has said he would be willing to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan, warning that China was "flirting with danger" if it tried to seize the democratic island by force.

Asked in a Tokyo press conference if – following Russia's invasion of Ukraine – he would be "willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?" he responded: "Yes...that's a commitment we made."

Mr Biden is on the second leg of his first trip to Asia, visiting both South Korea and Japan in what has been widely viewed as an attempt to bolster cooperation with regional allies in opposition to China's growing assertiveness across the Indo-Pacific.