Defense, relations and danger from China

The United States will stand by Taiwan in the event of an attack by China. What is the relationship between Taiwan and the United States? And what would the defense look like in the event of a growing threat from China?

China considers Taiwan part of the People’s Republic. This has long caused tensions between the two countries to which United States is involved. What is the US relationship with Taiwan? And what about the defense of Taiwan? And what danger is Taiwan facing the threat from China? Here is an overview of the relationship between the United States and Taiwan.

Relations between Taiwan and the United States: arms shipments and military defense

China considers Taiwan a province of the People’s Republic. But after the Communists won the Civil War in 1949, Taiwan broke away from China. that politics The United States vis-à-vis Taiwan is based on the “Taiwan Relations Act” passed by the US Congress in 1979. At that time, the United States had established diplomatic relations with China and therefore had to put its relations with Taiwan on an unofficial level. In the law, the United States undertakes to provide Taiwan with “weapons of a defensive nature” and “enable Taiwan to maintain adequate self-defense capabilities.” However, there is no official US statement of support against Taiwan. Nevertheless, the United States is supporting Taiwan in its defense against the conquest of China. The United States supplies arms to Taiwan.

Well let the US President Joe Biden in Japan received attention, however, with a statement on Taiwan’s military defense. At a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday in Tokyo, Biden warned China of an attack on Taiwan. He found clear words. The United States has an “obligation” to defend Taiwan in the event of an attack – including military. China has no right to take Taiwan by force, he stressed. China’s behavior, including military maneuvers and flights near the island, “flirts with danger,” the U.S. president said. However, Biden does not assume that China will actually try to attack Taiwan.

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An attack by China and the People’s Republic absorbing Taiwan would destabilize the entire region and resemble what happened in Ukraine, Biden said, referring to the Russian war of aggression. “We remain committed to supporting peace and stability across the strait and ensuring that there is no unilateral change in the status quo,” Biden said, referring to the strait between China and Taiwan.

It is the first for a US president to speak so clearly about a possible military intervention in the Taiwan conflict. So far, the issue has been deliberately open so as not to provoke China. Beijing sees the US position as a violation of the “One China Doctrine”. So far, the United States has remained diplomatically dove-like, keeping China in the dark about its true stance on Taiwan in the event of war. But Biden’s statement in Japan now softens this ambiguity.

Danger from China: Beijing is angry over Biden’s statement

Immediately after Biden’s statement, Taiwan thanked the United States for its “rock solid” support. China, meanwhile, issued a strong warning to Washington. The People’s Republic expresses its “strong dissatisfaction” with the comments from the United States. China has “no room for compromise or concessions” when it comes to core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity. “No one should underestimate the strong determination, determination and strong skills of the Chinese people,” it said.

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