On Tuesday, a team of US lawyers gave a visit to the Republic Of China and met the President of the island country, Tsai Ing-Wen. The Taiwan president gave warm welcome and thanked them for the visit. She mentioned deepening the relationship between the two countries through trade, semiconductor conducting chip manufacturing, 5G networks, climate change etc.
Taiwan has been isolated to have any formal diplomatic relations. Taiwan has only a formal alliance with 14 sovereign states. This is a five days visit which includes Reps. Ro Khanna of California, Tony Gonzales of Texas, Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts and Jonathan Jackson of Illinois.
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Future military exchanges between the US- Taiwan
President Tsai Ing-Wen further added, “Taiwan and the U.S. (will) continue to bolster military exchanges”. They will cooperate on aggressive actions of the authoritarian regimes and expansionist policies.
Taiwan has been under threat for years due to increasing Chinese military capability. Last year, the white paper by China gave their motives for the reunification of the country.
The Taiwanese people have rejected unification with China over the years.
China’s Reaction to the US visit to Taiwan
The visit of US lawyers has irked the Chinese counterparts. China blasted the USA for interfering in the internal affairs of the country. The Chinese spokesperson warned Pentagon about their involvement in Taiwan.
Last Year Nancy Pelosi also visited The Republic Of China. The frequent visits and exchanges between the US – Taiwan have created tensions for China which thinks it is part of its territory. China also added that there was no forceful invasion of the country.
War of words between US-China
The USA has accelerated its actions and reactions since Shotting down the Spy balloon in American airspace.
The three-day Munich Security conference was dominated by Russia-Ukraine and US-China tensions. Antony Bilnken, US Secretary of state at the same platform in Germany reacted to China’s involvement with Russia in the conflict. He also cancelled its trip to Beijing amid the spy balloon incident.
He said that China is considering providing lethal assistance to Russia by providing them with weapons. The USA is alleging that China is supporting Russia in the conflict.
Antony Bilnken also warned China that providing the support could lead to severe consequences. He said China could not have both sides. China publicly portrays itself as peace meddling between the two countries. But He alleged that China is privately engaging and helping Putin in the conflict.
This has shown the fragile relationship between US-China. Last week, the USA firmly reacted over the spy balloons in American airspace. Joe Biden also did a surprise visit one year of the Ukraine- Russia conflict.
On the other hand, the USA is trying to regain its presence in the Indo-Pacific region which China has been trying to control including the South China sea.
Wang Yi’s reaction to the USA claims
China said that the USA’s claims are false. Chinese Foreign minister spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that the USA is fuelling the conflict by pouring weapons and spreading lies. Other NATO members are also helping Ukraine by sending weapons.
Wenbin said that they are committed to the peace talks. The blame and misinformation should not be spread. He also added we need to react calmly to the situation.
Instead, he warned the USA against interfering in the internal matter of Taiwan. Till then, There is a wait for further developments.
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