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US News The President of Taiwan says to "trust" in the United States to defend his island

06:50  28 october  2021
06:50  28 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The President of Taiwan Said to have "trust" in the United States to defend his island against China, on the background of increasing tensions between Washington and Beijing around the role of Taipei on the international scene.

"I trust, given the long-standing relationship that binds us to the United States, as well as the support of the American people, Congress and Administration," said Tsai Ing-Wen in an interview in an interview. English given Tuesday to CNN and broadcast by the channel on Wednesday.

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The President of Taiwan also emphasized the "wide range of cooperation with the United States aimed at increasing our defense capacity", including American military training of Taiwanese forces.

Weapon passes have multiplied in recent days between the United States and China on the fate of this island of 23 million inhabitants, which has its own government, currency, army, but that Beijing considers a of its provinces awaiting reunification with the rest of the country.

earlier Wednesday, US President Joe Biden pointed out that the United States was "deeply concerned by China's coercive and aggressive actions in Taiwan Strait".

Tensions have increased with the multiplication of Chinese aerial incursions near Taiwan.

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Such actions "threaten peace and regional stability", added the US president, according to a registration of his remarks obtained by AFP.

- "Strategic Ambiguity" -

The Head of American Diplomacy Antony Blinken also sparked the Beijing IRE by advocating Tuesday for Taipei's "significant participation" in the UN and internationally stage.

"The exclusion of Taiwan undermines the important work of the UN and its agencies," he insisted, believing that his contribution was necessary to deal with "an unprecedented number of global challenges".

"Taiwan has no rights to participate in the UN", immediately retorted Beijing, by the voice of the spokesman of the Taiwanese Business Bureau, my Xiaoguang.

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asked about the possibility of American military intervention to defend Taiwan in the event of an attack of China, the President responded by the "Yes, we have a commitment to that effect," he said.

His statement appeared to contradict the long-standing policy of the United States so-called "strategic ambiguity". Under the latter, Washington helps Taiwan build and strengthen his defense but without explicitly promoting to come to his assistance in the event of an attack.

The words of Joe Biden had been poorly welcomed in Beijing and the US government had subsequently taken care to ensure that his policy with regard to Taiwan had not changed: the United States recognizes since 1979 Communist China since 1979 , at the expense of Taiwan, but the American congress imposes parallel to provide weapons on the island for his defense.

Carte montrant la zone d'identification de défense aérienne (ADIZ) de Taïwan et la zone la plus fréquemment survolée par les avions militaires de la Chine continentale © John Saeki Map showing Taiwan's air defense identification area and the most frequently fly over military aircraft from mainland China

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