© Reuters. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech after the Navy’s 131st Fleet visit in Keelung
By Yimou Lee
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting envoys at the request of US President Joe Biden on Thursday that the island will work with the United States to stop threats from Chinese military operations.
Former senior US officials, including former US Senator Chris Dodd and former Deputy Foreign Ministers Richard Armitage and James Steinberg, are visiting Taipei on a trip to signal Biden’s commitment to Taiwan and its democracy.
Tsai told the US delegation during a meeting at the Presidential Office that China’s military activities in the region threatened regional peace and stability.
“We are very willing to work with like-minded countries, including the United States, to jointly protect the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific, while at the same time, to prevent actions,” Mr. Tsai said. adventurous and provocative.
She vowed to continue to cooperate with the United States to combat the “war of perceptions” and misinformation, but gave no details.
Dodd told Tsai that the Biden government will be Taiwan’s “trusted friend”, which will help the island expand international space and support investment in the defense sector.
He added the US partnership with Taiwan is “stronger than ever” and the visit is intended to reaffirm Biden’s commitment to the island.
Mr. 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.
Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a major source of dispute with Washington, required by US law to provide the island with means of self-defense.
Over the past few months, Taiwan has complained about the PLAAF’s near-daily missions near its ADIZ. 25 Chinese aircraft, including nuclear-capable fighters and bombers, entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Monday during the largest reported infiltration to date.
On Tuesday, China announced it would begin five days of live-fire drills off part of its coast facing Taiwan, something Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told reporters. This country will pay close attention.
“There is some psychological impact, but don’t be too concerned about it. People should have faith in the armed forces,” he said.
Chiu will meet visiting Americans, his deputy Chang Che-ping told lawmakers, adding that US State Department officials were also present in the delegation, though declined to give details. .
The unofficial US visit, which a White House official calls a “personal signal” of the president’s commitment to China claimed by China, is further straining Sino-US relations.
China on Wednesday described military exercises near Taiwan as “combat drills” and said the meeting of US officials with Mr. Tsai “would only exacerbate the tensions in the waist. Taiwan Sea “.
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