Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Won today (Thursday) openly confirmed that US troops were staying on the island to train local military forces and warned that if China conquered Taiwan, it would be a fatal blow to the idea of democracy around the world.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Tsai confirmed this month’s publication in the Wall Street Journal about the presence of American soldiers in Taiwan, after the last US garrison left in 1979. She did not elaborate on how many soldiers there were, but clarified that ” “. “We have a wide range of cooperation with the United States designed to increase our defense capability,” the president said.
In the wake of recent rising tensions with China, which culminated in a flight of 150 IAF aircraft in Taiwan’s air defense detection space in just four days earlier this month, Tsai called on democracies in the region, including Japan, South Korea and Australia, to help defend Taiwan. , And she expressed confidence that if China did attack, the United States and other allies would come to its aid. Taiwan is on the front line, “she stressed.
“Taiwan is not alone because we are a democracy, we respect emergencies and we love peace. We have common values with most of the countries in the region and geographically we have strategic importance,” Tsai added. “There is an island here with 23 million people who work hard every day to defend themselves and defend our democracy and ensure that our people have the freedom they deserve. If we fail, then it means that people who believe in these values will doubt whether it is worth fighting for.”
Despite this, Tsai made it clear that she still believes that Taiwan and China can live in peace side by side. “If we can sit down and talk about our disagreements and try to reach agreements, then can we live in peace together? I think that is the expectation of our people, and also of the people of China, as well as of the peoples of the region,” she said. “Does Xi (Jinping, President of China) want peace with everyone in the region or the world or does he want to be in a dominant position where everyone will listen to him, listen to China?”