United States President Joe Biden on Monday, May 23, announced the readiness of US military participation in the defense of Taiwan “in the event of an invasion.”
“We remain committed to maintaining the peace and security of the Taiwan Strait and are determined to ensure that its status quo is not unilaterally changed,” Biden said at a joint press conference with Japanese Premier Fumio Kishida.
According to the head of state, the United States is ready to provide military support to Taiwan in the event of an invasion of the island.
On May 8, The New York Times, citing sources, reported that the US presidential administration is putting pressure on the Taiwanese government to order the types of weapons most suitable for a confrontation with China.
On May 2, the Chinese portal CGTN accused NATO of trying to destabilize the Asia-Pacific region. The publication emphasized that NATO “shouts” for peace and security, but at the same time drops bombs on other countries.
On May 1, the Financial Times, citing sources, reported that in early March, high-level talks were held between Washington and London on the issue of cooperation against the background of the “Chinese threat” to Taiwan. The meeting discussed options for reducing the risks of war with China over the island.
On April 15, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the US authorities should stop all official contacts with Taiwan because the US actions are contrary to the “One China” principle.
The Taiwan issue remains the most sensitive in bilateral relations between Washington and Beijing. Official relations between the PRC government and its island province were interrupted in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in a civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and Mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. The United States openly supports the Taiwan authorities, and American warships regularly enter the Taiwan Strait.