Taiwan Together With US Aim To Deter Beijing
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen emphasised at the meeting with the US delegation on Thursday that Communist China's military activities in the region have threatened regional peace and stability.
Taiwan President told emissaries visiting at U.S. President Joe Biden’s request on Thursday that the island would work with the United States to deter threats from Chinese military activities.
Former senior U.S. officials, including former U.S. Senator Mr. Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Mr. Richard Armitage and Mr. James Steinberg, are visiting Taipei in a trip to signal Biden’s commitment to Taiwan and its democracy.
Ms. Tsai told the U.S. delegation in a meeting at the Presidential Office that Chinese military activities in the region have threatened regional peace and stability.
We are very willing to work with like-minded countries, including the United States, to jointly safeguard the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific and deter adventurous manoeuvres and provocations, Ms. Tsai said.
She vowed to continue to cooperate with the United States to counter “cognitive warfare” and misinformation, but did not elaborate.
Mr. Dodd told Tsai the Biden administration would be Taiwan’s “reliable, trusted friend,” which will help the island expand its international space and support its investment in self defence.
He added the U.S. partnership with Taiwan is “stronger than ever” and that the visit was to reaffirm Mr. Biden’s commitment to the island.
Ms. Tsai also told the delegation that Taiwan looks forward to resuming trade talks with the United States as soon as possible. Taipei has long sought a free trade deal with Washington.
Beijing continues military drills around Taiwan
On Wednesday, Communist China's Airforce's Kunqian-200 anti-submarine aircraft conducted an air patrol in the waters of the Taiwan Strait in search of imaginary enemy submarines. The imitation of the application of missile and bomb strikes against surface targets was imitated by 4 Jian-16 fighter-bombers, according to Taiwan's Defence Ministry.
Communist China announced on Tuesday it would begin five days of live-fire drills off a part of its coast facing Taiwan, which Taiwan’s Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told reporters the country would pay close attention to.
There’s some psychological impact, but don’t get too worked up about this. Everyone should have confidence in the armed forces, he said.
Mr. Chiu will meet with the visiting Americans, his deputy Mr. Chang Che-ping told lawmakers, adding that U.S. State Department officials were also in the delegation, though declined to give details.
The unofficial U.S. visit, which a White House official called a “personal signal” of the president’s commitment to Chinese-claimed Taiwan, is further straining Sino-U.S. relations.
China on Wednesday described its military exercises near Taiwan as “combat drills”.