Taiwan has confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island to help with training.Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's comments to CNN during an interview aired on Thursday are the first time a Taiwanese leader has publicly made such an admission since the last US garrison left in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing.
Asked how many US troops were in Taiwan, Tsai replied "not as many as people thought"."We have a wide range of cooperation with the US aiming at increasing our defence capability," she said.When asked if she was confident that the United States would help defend Taiwan if necessary against China, Tsai replied: "I do have faith."
The presence of US troops was first confirmed to AFP news agency and other media by a Pentagon official earlier this month.The confirmation comes as China is sharply increasing military pressure on Taiwan, including repeated missions by Chinese warplanes in Taiwan's air defence identification zone. headtopics.com
READ MORE: US approves arms sale to Taiwan despite Beijing’s objections'Reduce misunderstanding'Speaking to lawmakers on Thursday, Taiwan's defence minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said US and Taiwanese troops have long had contacts with each other.
"We have personnel exchanges and they (US soldiers) would be here for military cooperation, but this is different, according to my definition, from having 'troops stationed' here," Chiu said.During the CNN interview, President Tsai described Taiwan as a regional "beacon" of democracy that is facing down a giant authoritarian neighbour as she warned that the threat from Beijing is growing "every day".
Tsai reiterated her offer of talks with Xi to "reduce misunderstanding" and address the differences in their political systems- something Beijing has so far rebuffed.China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize the island, by force if needed.
Beijing's sabre-rattling has ramped up in recent years, exacerbating fears the island of 23 million people could become a major global flashpoint. Read more: TRT World »
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Let's not fight people, let's fight the corrupt Satan and it's layers of traps in the forms of destructive ideas!
Taiwan president confirms U.S. troops training soldiers on island - CNNA small number of U.S. forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwan ese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview with CNN, confirming the presence of U.S. troops on the self-governing island that China considers its own. 如果这都不能成为开战的理由的话，还有什么可以？往习近平家里扔手榴弹吗？ just like training Afghanistan army This was the condition of US soldiers in Afghanistan...
Taiwan president confirms U.S. troops training soldiers on islandSmall number of U.S. forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwan ese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen says, confirming the presence of U.S. troops on the self-governing island that China considers its own. Lol 11 troops member is not a number !
China editor taunts Australian defense chief for backing U.S. on TaiwanPeter Dutton's comments on Beijing and Washington drew a hawkish response from Communist Party tabloid the Global Times.
Taiwan Gains Favor in Europe’s East, Angering ChinaThe intensifying links mirror tensions between the West and China over trade, military and human-rights issues. They also highlight differences within the West in how to approach an increasingly assertive China . Hope they have hearts not only considering financial aspects ratio Those countries have a total population smaller than Guandong.
Blinken urges all U.N. member states to support Taiwan participationWASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday called on all United Nations member states to support Taiwan 's 'robust' participation in the U.N. system, contesting ongoing pressure from China to block the self-ruled island's access to international organizations. Taiwan held the Chinese U.N. seat until Oct. 25, 1971, when it was voted out as representative of the country in favor of the People's Republic of China , which had won a civil war in 1949 and forced the republican government to flee to Taiwan . China says Taiwan is one of its provinces and so it has the sole right to represent Taiwan internationally. Truly appreciate the bravery and honesty people to stand up against the Chinese Communist Party. the UN resolution 2758 states, China cannot represent Taiwan, Don’t be mislead by China again!
Blinken urges all U.N. member states to support Taiwan participationU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday called on all United Nations member states to support Taiwan 's 'robust' participation in the U.N. system, contesting ongoing pressure from China to block the self-ruled island's access to international organizations. Thanks the brave and honest officials of the US for standing up against the China. which is great! that almost everybody here in Taiwan wants right to join the UN and the WHO! the UN resolution 2758 states, China cannot represent Taiwan, Don’t be mislead by China. Don't think so buddy. See how the US provokes conflicts for its interests?