Saturday, November 27

The president of Taiwan confirms that the US has a military presence on the island and trusts that it will “defend” them in case of being attacked by China.


Last week, US President Joe Biden declared that “the United States is committed” to defend Taiwan militarily should China decide to attack the island.

Tsai Ing-wen, presidenta de Taiw
Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan, in a file image.SAM YEHAFP
  • Diplomacy Biden warns that the US will defend Taiwan against an invasion of China

The president of Taiwn, Tsai Ing-wen, confirmed for the first time that the United States has a military presence on the island “to train Taiwanese troops”, thus corroborating the information recently published in this regard.

In an interview with the US network CNN, Tsai noted that there is a “wide range of cooperation” with the US to “increase the defense capacity” of Taiwan, but avoided specifying the specific number of US troops on the island, limiting himself to saying that they are “less than what is believed”.

At the beginning of the month, the newspaper The Wall Street Journal had published, citing anonymous sources, that a detachment made up of a score of members of the special forces and the Marine Corps was on the island for at least a year to train Taiwanese ground and maritime troops.

And last week, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, declared that “the United States has the commitment” to defend Taiwan militarily in case China decides to attack the island, an extreme that is not confirmed or ruled out in the Taiwan Relations Act as a result of the ‘status quo’ created in 1979 between China. and the United States.

In her interview with CNN yesterday, Tsai stated that, “given the long relationship” between Taiwan and the United States, has “faith that the US will defend” the island in case of being attacked by China.

Tsai assured that the threat from Beijing “grows every day”, statements that come a few weeks after a few weeks. Chinese aircraft record raids in the Taiwanese Defense Area Identification Zone (ADIZ), which caused relations between Taipi and Beijing to go through “their worst moment in four decades,” according to the island’s defense minister.

The president also assured her willingness, hoping to “coexist peacefully”, to a hypothetical meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as “more communication would help reduce misunderstandings” between the two sides.

This Tuesday, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blink, encouraged all United Nations member states to join Washington “in supporting strong and meaningful participation by Taiwan throughout the UN system and the international community” and described the island as a “Democratic success story” and a “valued partner” and “trusted friend” of the US.

Beijing, through the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian, yesterday described Blinken’s appeal as “the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Strait (of Formosa).”

The United States does not maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but maintains unofficial ties with the island, to which it supplies defense resources.

Beijing, for its part, insists on “reunify” the People’s Republic with the island, governed autonomously since the Kuomintang (KMT) nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the Communists and continued the regime of the Republic of China, culminating in the transition to democracy in the 1990s. 1990.

Recently, Xi Jinping, Unlike other occasions in which he did not rule out the use of force, he insisted on a “peaceful reunification”, although he also affirmed that those who “betray the mother country and seek to divide the country will be despised by the people and condemned by history. “.

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