Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen said she had faith the Biden administration would ride to Taipei’s defense in case of an attack from the mainland, and even confirmed US troops had a presence on the island, albeit a small one.
“I do have faith”Tsai said that the US would support Taiwan’s defense in an interview with CNN on Wednesday evening. The exclusive interview was televised by CNN at 9pm. “wide range of cooperation with the US aiming at increasing our defense capability.”
@CNN#exclusive interview with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen: threat from China increasing ‘every day,’ confirms for the first time the presence of US troops on Taiwanese soil, ‘has faith’ US would come to Taiwan’s defense if attacked & is open to talks with China. @EricCheungwcpic.twitter.com/r9MRKFMCvd
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) October 27, 2021
However, there are US soldiers on the island “not as many as people thought,”Tsai also added. CNN reports that the Pentagon confirmed the presence in Taiwan of 32 military personnel, an increase from the 10 they had in 2018. The network wasn’t clear whether this was due to an increase in the number of Marines guarding the de facto US embassy in Taipei, or if they were military advisers that came as part of some $5 billion worth of weapons contracts, however.
Tsai’s comments appear to reflect Taipei’s perception of what happened in the US last week, when President Joe Biden said at a public event that Washington would come to Taiwan’s aid, only for the White House to walk back those comments the very next day.
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“Can you vow to protect Taiwan?”Biden was asked about his political views at a CNN town-hall. He answered the question. “Yes,”Continued to claim that the US had “the most powerful military in the history of the world.”
Asked by host Anderson Cooper if this meant the US would come to Taiwan’s defense if China were to attack, Biden said “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”
The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), 1979 which governs US relationships with Taiwan, doesn’t contain any such provisions. Biden was informed by the White House that Biden would be attending. “was not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy.”
Biden’s promise of support was even more surprising given the manner of the US exit from Afghanistan at the end of August. After 20 years of building and financing Afghan governments, Biden’s promise of support was even more surprising given the manner in which the US departed Afghanistan at the end of August.
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Taipei’s government believes China will invade the country by 2025. They have begun a military modernization program and are developing a new strategy to counter this threat. “asymmetric capability,”Tsai describes it. Tsai said that she was open to communication with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas. “try to make arrangements so that we would be able to coexist peacefully.”
She interwoven her interview with a CNN package, which described Taiwan. “the world’s only Chinese-speaking democracy”Assisting the mainland China “posing a direct challenge to seven decades of US military supremacy”The Indo-Pacific
Since 1949 when the Communists won a civil war against Kuomintang and the US assisted in the evacuation of the victorious nationalists from Taiwan, which had been liberated 50 years ago under Japanese rule, Taiwan has been at the center of dispute between China and America. For decades, the US recognized Taipei as the ‘Republic of China,’ until it switched the recognition to Beijing in 1978.
The People’s Republic of China has pointed to Taiwan’s status as Chinese territory for over 200 years before it was ceded to Japan as a war trophy in 1895. Beijing wants to unify the island it considers a rebel with its mainland. This is best done peacefully.
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