Taiwanese President Tsai Ying-wan said yesterday (Wednesday) that she “trusts the United States to protect the island from the Chinese threat, given our long-standing relationship.”
In an interview with the American news network CNN last night, Tsai revealed that American soldiers were present in Taiwan territory as part of training exercises. This is the first time a Taiwanese leader has publicly acknowledged the presence of US military forces since 1979.
In recent months, diplomatic tensions between the United States and China have escalated around Taiwan – an independent and democratic island that China claims is part of its sovereign territory.
Last week, US President Joe Biden stepped out of the traditional “strategic ambiguity” regarding Taiwan and declared his support for a Chinese invasion. The US president stressed that the US is very concerned about China’s “coercion and aggression” operations in the Taiwan Strait. He added that China’s provocative airstrikes “threaten peace and stability in the region.”
Prior to the announcement yesterday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken angered Beijing when he called for Taipei’s “significant participation” in UN bodies in the international arena on Tuesday. Global Challenges. ” Beijing immediately responded: “Taiwan has no right to participate in the UN.”