The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to defending the democratic island of Taiwan in the context of Chinese military infiltration in recent weeks.
“Our commitment to Taiwan is solid,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a news conference Wednesday.
“We think and we know that it contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability in and over the Taiwan Strait and in the region,” he said.
“Of course, we have noted a great deal of attention to this model of relentless endeavor [by China] and attempting to intimidate in the region, including in the Taiwanese context, “Price said, citing the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 that required the United States” against any measure of force or criminals. Other coercive practices can jeopardize security, society or economy. the system of people on Taiwan. “
A Chinese carrier combat group conducted exercises in waters off Taiwan and when 15 Chinese fighters entered Taiwan’s air defense identification (ADIZ) zone on Wednesday, the day. fifth in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ‘s attack on this area.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the Taiwanese military responded by dispatching planes to monitor Chinese aircraft, issue radio warnings and mobilize air defense systems until the plane left the area. This water room said.
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Wednesday warned that the country would fight “until the end”, if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), never controlling Taiwan, invades.
“From my limited understanding of American policymakers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of China launching an attack,” he told reporters. public targeting Taiwan.
“We are ready to defend ourselves without any questions and we will fight if we need to fight. And if we need to defend ourselves until the last day, we will defend ourselves until the last day. together, “Wu said.
Meanwhile, the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, conducted “a regular voyage through the Taiwan Strait on 7 April. ) across international waters in accordance with international law, “the US Seventh Fleet said in a statement.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the move was not in response to “specific events or actions”, but rather to demonstrate a commitment to the freedom of all countries “to sail. , operates and flies in accordance with international law. “
‘Ready to fight’
China attacked the United States for “endangering the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.”
CCP leader Xi Jinping has asked the country’s military and armed police to be ‘ready to fight’ to protect national sovereignty and security, amid concerns that Beijing may be rising. plans to invade democratic Taiwan in the next few years.
Gaining control of Taiwan is seen as a core goal of Xi’s “national rejuvenation program” in 2035, with some analysts arguing that Beijing may make the first move. in the next few years.
The top US military commander in the region has warned that China may prepare to carry out a plan to invade Taiwan as early as 2027.
Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing could launch an invasion within the next six years.
The PLA has sent multiple planes to Taiwan’s ADIZ since US President Joe Biden’s administration took office on January 20.
The ADIZ was created by the United States Armed Forces after World War II and covered most of the Taiwan Strait, part of the East China Sea and surrounding airspace.
Not covered by or regulated by any international agreement, these areas extend beyond territorial airspace and are designed to give a country more time to react to hostile aircraft. potential.
The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said the recent attacks include bombers and fast maneuvering fighters that are often used for offensive purposes.
Aggression can occur
In 2018, the Pentagon warned that the PLA was gradually preparing for a possible invasion of Taiwan, as the CCP “continued to develop and deploy increasingly advanced military capabilities to coerce Taiwan. Loan, signaling China’s determination and gradually improving the possibility of an invasion. “
Taiwan has never been under the rule of Beijing or part of the People’s Republic of China, but has been locked out of international diplomacy and agencies to the insistence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). .
Washington said it would no longer seek to “appease” China about Taiwan, when the State Department announced an end to the ban on diplomatic contact and senior officials with Taiwanese officials on Jan. 9, in the tail of the Trump administration. .
Under the CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping, China has intensified rhetoric about the island as part of its territory and refused to rule out a military invasion.
But Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has repeatedly said that the country’s 23 million people do not want to give up their sovereignty or democratic lifestyle.
Reported by Man Hoi Yan for RFA Cantonese Service, and by Hwang Chun-mei for Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.