Tsai says US National Guard planning 'cooperation' with Taiwan military
TAIPEI: The United States is planning on \u0022cooperation\u0022 between its National Guard and Taiwan\u0027s military, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday (May 31), deepening security ties in the face of what Taipei\u0027s government complains is a rising threat from China. The United States is Chinese-claimed Taiw
LinkedIn TAIPEI: The United States is planning on"cooperation" between its National Guard and Taiwan's military, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday (May 31), deepening security ties in the face of what Taipei's government complains is a rising threat from China.to warn away 30 Chinese aircraft from its air defence zone on Monday.Copy to clipboard https://str.In Taiwan's Taichung City, Mr Huang can be seen pushing his latest invention: a goldfish bowl on wheels.
The United States is Chinese-claimed Taiwan's most important international supporter and arms supplier, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties.China has been stepping up its military activities near Taiwan to assert its sovereignty claims.Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained for the past two years or so of repeated missions by China's air force near the democratically governed island.China's military said last week it had recently conducted an exercise around Taiwan as a"solemn warning" against its"collusion" with the United States.The AT-3 is a domestically-developed advanced trainer that first flew in 1980 and can carry weapons.That came after US President Joe Biden angered China by appearing to signal a change in a US policy of"strategic ambiguity" on Taiwan by saying the United States would get involved militarily if China were to attack the island.The latest Chinese mission included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said.US officials said there had been no change in policy.The space-age-looking contraption (estimated cost US$300-400 or S$412-S$550) consists of a large, water-filled acrylic cylinder for the fish to reside in, combined with a battery-powered filtration and oxygen system plonked on a specially built trolley.
Meeting visiting US Senator Tammy Duckworth at her office in Taipei, Tsai noted that Duckworth was one of the main sponsors of the Taiwan Partnership Act, which had received bipartisan support in the US Congress though has yet to become law.The aircraft flew to the northeast of the Pratas, according to a map the ministry provided, which is still far from Taiwan itself.The pilot was rescued alive."As a result, the US Department of Defense is now proactively planning cooperation between the US National Guard and Taiwan's defence forces," Tsai said, without giving details.Taiwanese media has previously reported that Taiwan could partner with Hawaii's National Guard for the programme.It was the largest incursion since Taiwan reported 39 Chinese aircraft in its ADIZ on January 23."We look forward to closer and deeper Taiwan-US cooperation on matters of regional security," Tsai added.Duckworth said she was visiting to reiterate that her country stands with Taiwan, and that there was"tremendous" support for the island from US lawmakers.It comes just days after the American president Joe Biden said the US will intervene with military force if China moves to invade Taiwan in one of America’s strongest statements of support in decades.It's not a spur of the moment thing.
Still, last week Taiwan was not included in the United States' Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, or IPEF, despite its lobbying efforts.Tsai said Taiwan will keep expressing its willingness to participate.He added that such an attack would “dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine”."In the near future, we look forward to Taiwan and the United States working together in taking new steps to develop concrete plans that further deepen our economic partnership." Related:.Story continues Beijing, meanwhile, espouses the “One China principle” – that China is a single entity encompassing all disputed territories, including Taiwan.
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