Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed in an interview with CNN that US troops are training the island’s army. This view was strongly criticized by China, which considers the actions of the United States to be a provocation. The incident has further destabilized relations between China and Taiwan.
Some statements that further emphasize the relationship between China and Taiwan. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has already confirmed what many have announced: US troops are training the island’s army.
He made the remarks in an interview with CNN on Thursday. The President promised to “have a wide range of cooperation with the United States” aimed at enhancing the security capabilities of the island of Taipei. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat American forces.
The confirmation was seen as a provocation by China, which insisted that the US not intervene in Taiwan. “Those who forget their heritage, betray the motherland and divide the country will not end up with a good decision. Seeking and supporting Taiwan’s independence is a dead end,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenpin.
China points out that the “separatist” effort could lead to an invasion of Taiwan
Chai’s comments come as China has increased its military presence near Taiwan. In recent weeks, the People’s Republic has sent a record number of warplanes into international airspace along the island and has also promoted a campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure.
Chinese actions respond to its decision to sever formal ties with Taiwan because it does not consider the island of Chai as part of “a China”, which is contrary to Beijing’s view of the island as a territory owned by China. .
In fact, China has accused the president of “separatist” efforts and, in many cases, warned that independence could lead to an invasion of the island by Chinese forces.
Speaking to CNN, Chai said he hoped the United States would help protect Taiwan from China if necessary. In addition, the president said he sees Taiwan as a regional “beacon” of democracy.
The relationship between Taiwan and China has reached unprecedented tensions in the last 40 years
“Tough Relationships in 40 Years”. Taiwan’s Defense Minister Xiu Guo-Cheng described the moment when he crossed the island in front of his neighbor. “We have personnel exchanges, they (US soldiers) will be here for military cooperation, but this is different. My definition here is ‘troops must be stationed’.”
In addition, the confirmation of a U.S. military presence on the island of Tsai is the first such announcement since US troops withdrew from Taiwan in 1979. The decision came after US diplomatic recognition for Beijing.
Following the news, the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times published an editorial condemning the US move, saying it had “crossed borders”. China has been claiming Taiwan as part of its national territory since the island’s separation from China’s mainland in 1949 after a long civil war. It has since ruled with Sai as its last president since 2016.
US relations with Taiwan are “vague” but strategic
The policy of “strategic ambiguity” is the name given to America’s relationship with Taiwan. Well, although Washington does not have a formal diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, it does have close “unofficial” relations.
This policy does not allow us to clarify the US position on Chinese aggression on the island. Well, even if it recognizes Beijing, not Taipei, Taiwan’s relationship law has a policy of supporting the defense of that territory, even providing arms to it.
Under former President Donald Trump, the United States increased arms sales to Taiwan, and the island sent its pilots to train in the United States.
Currently, the policy has not changed. Incumbent US President Joe Biden recalled his commitment to Taiwan at the East Asian Leaders Summit and said he was “concerned” by China’s coercive measures.
Similarly, the President suggested that his country was committed to providing Taiwan with means of defense against Chinese aggression. These statements were seen by many as contrary to the international policy in place against Taiwan for decades.
A few hours later, with the rise of Chinese economic power in the United States, the White House confirmed that there had been no change in policy on the island, despite the strategic interest in the US presence in Taiwan. Last years.
With AP and Reuters