US accuses China of ‘choking’ Taiwan — Analysis

Washington’s top diplomat in Taiwan claimed Beijing is “destabilizing” the region and threatening “all democracies”

China was accused by the head of Taiwan’s de facto US Embassy. “provocative”China has threatened to disrupt regional peace and warned that military action will be taken near the island. “strengthen”Taipei has security ties

Sandra Oudkirk – who directs the American Institute in Taiwan, the unofficial US embassy on the island – castigated Beijing during a speech for the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan on Wednesday, singling out its policies toward Taipei.

“The [People’s Republic of China’s] increasingly aggressive behavior is nowhere more evident than in relation to Taiwan, where the PRC has continued to exert military, diplomatic, and economic pressure,”She added that “provocative military activities”There are several places near Taiwan “destabilizing, risk miscalculation, and undermine regional peace and stability.”

Continued efforts by Beijing to choke Taiwan’s international space, pressure its friends, and interfere in Taiwan’s democratic system represent a threat to all democracies.

Oudkirk was joined by Taiwanese President TsaiIng-wen at the event. “deep concerns”More “China’s alignment with Russia” following Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, appearing to draw parallels between the conflict in Eastern Europe and tensions between Taiwan and the mainland. 

“China is already on the wrong side of history when it comes to Ukraine and the aggression being committed by Russia,”Echoing earlier comments by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, she stated.

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Although the US has tried to pressure Beijing into ending its relations with Russia and joining a campaign of punitive sanctions, China continues to resist. It maintains a neutral position toward the conflict and calls for peace and diplomacy. 

Oudkirk claimed that Washington would remain to “strengthen Taiwan’s role as a regional security partner” – part of the Joe Biden administration’s increased outreach to the island. In late 2013, the President declared that the US is “committed” to defending Taiwan from any potential Chinese attack, in what appeared to be a break with a long-standing policy of ‘strategic ambiguity.’ White House officials soon walked back his comments, however. 

The United States also has approved several arms sales to Taiwan over the past months. It continues to navigate warships through Taiwan Strait almost every month despite Beijing’s repeated warnings to it not to. “internal affairs.”China views Taiwan as its sovereign territory. But Taiwan is self-governing and calls itself the Republic of China.

Established as an independent corporation, American Institute Taiwan serves as Taiwan’s informal embassy. It has been funded mainly by the State Department ever since 1979 when Taipei was no longer recognized diplomatically under the Taiwan Relations Act. Only a few countries recognize Taiwan currently as a sovereign nation, including Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti.

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