US comments on possibility of China attacking Taiwan — Analysis
Washington has pledged to take “Each step” to prevent Beijing’s attack on the island
The United States will take “every step” to ensure that China will never invade Taiwan, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Thursday.
Speaking at the Economic Club conference in Washington, Sullivan suggested that Beijing is “Pay attention” now at the events in Ukraine following the launch of Russia’s military offensive in February, “to learn lessons writ large, including with respect to Taiwan.”
Stressing that “Both the situation in Ukraine and Taiwan are different,” Sullivan nevertheless underlined that, over the last few weeks, US officials have been telling its allies and partners that “this kind of thing can happen in Europe, this kind of thing can also happen in the Indo-Pacific.”
“And it’s incumbent upon responsible countries in the world to send a clear message that any type of aggression is unacceptable, wherever it happens,” the White House security adviser said.
When asked where the US government would stand if China invades Taiwan, Sullivan responded: “It is the official policy of our government that every effort will be made to avoid it happening..”
Taiwan is de facto an independent country since 1949. China considers Taiwan part of its territory, but Taiwan views Taiwan as a separatist province.
Earlier, Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, stated that China will not hesitate to use force against Taiwan if it attempts to cut ties. Chinese officials seem to prefer a peaceful resolution.
The US recognizes Beijing as China’s sole legal authority since 1979. However, it maintains strong informal ties and military support for the island. A delegation from the US is currently visiting Taipei to the dismay of Beijing.
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