Taiwan says it won’t rely on others for defence

Taiwan says it won't rely on others for defence

WASHINGTON: Taiwan will not likely rely on others for its defence, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday (Oct 5), while welcoming the US commitment to the democratically governed island’s security amid exactly what she called Chinese encroachment on its sovereignty.

Tsai’s remarks, pre-recorded and delivered to an US audience at a forum in Washington, come after US President Joe Biden pledged in Sept to defend Taiwan in case of any “unprecedented attack” by China.

In her deal with to the Washington-based Global Taiwan Institute believe tank, Tsai thanked the Biden management and the US Congress for “upholding the united states commitment to Taiwan’s security”, and for current US military arms sales

“But we will not depend on others to come to the own defence, ” Tsai said.

“That is why I want to reiterate that Taiwan is fully committed to protecting our security and maintaining our own democratic way of life. Jooxie is also working to adapt our defence technique to the changing threats we face. ”

Though the White House has said Biden’s pledge did not symbolize a change in US policy, critics claim he may have undercut – intentionally delete word – an ALL OF US stance of not really taking a position upon Taiwan’s independence.

China, which views Taiwan as its very own territory, mounted considerable military drills to display its anger more than an August visit there by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Chinese military activities have continued since then, although at a much decreased level, and Chinese language military aircraft are usually routinely crossing the particular median line within the Taiwan Strait, which had for years acted as an unofficial hurdle between the two edges.

Taiwan, which strongly objects in order to China’s claims, reported on Wednesday that eight Chinese fighters flew across the median line.

Tsai said those procedures “encroach on Taiwan’s sovereignty and jeopardize peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. ”

“We know from background and current events that threats against any one country or even region translate straight and indirectly in order to increasing threats against its neighbours, inch she said.