Taiwanese President welcomes US delegation and warns of Beijing’s regional threats

Taiwan, Taipei — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen warned on April 15 that China’s military activities against autonomous islands threaten regional peace.

“Recently, China has frequently dispatched military vessels and aircraft to maneuver in the waters and airspace around Taiwan. These actions change the status quo in the Indo-Pacific and threaten regional peace and stability.” Tsai says. Said Before the two countries held a private meeting, they welcomed the US delegation visiting at Cheong Wa Dae.

The delegation was led by former US Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Who arrived in Taiwan on April 14. Former Senators include former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg, and the Department of State’s Taiwan Coordinating Bureau.

This visit is the first US delegation to visit Taiwan since President Joe Biden took office in January.

“We are very pleased to work with like-minded countries, including the United States, to jointly protect peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and prevent adventurous operations and provocations,” said Tsai. I will. “

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) considers Taiwan part of its territory and threatens war to destroy the island. Since the beginning of this year, Chinese troops have been sending aircraft to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) almost every day.

On April 12, 25 Chinese military aircraft, including 14 J-16 fighters, entered Taiwan’s ADIZ. This was the largest intrusion ever reported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense.

Two days later, April 14, China’s Maritime Safety Bureau Announcement From April 15th to April 20th, Chinese troops will conduct live ammunition training in the waters near the Nanpeng Islands in the South China Sea.

Hours after Tsai’s remarks, Chinese military aircraft re-entered the island’s air defense identification zone. by Local outlet Liberty Times.

Beijing is angry with a visit to the United States. At a daily briefing on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China had “submitted a solemn representative to the United States” and “to avoid further serious damage to China,” Taiwan Handle related issues with caution. ” Relationship with the United States. “

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Former US Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) Will arrive with the US delegation to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (not shown) at the Taipei Presidential Office on April 15, 2021. (Ann Wan / Pool / AFP Getty via image)

Also on Wednesday, China’s hawkish mouthpiece Global Times said the “unofficial” nature of the visit was that the Biden administration “has no intention of crossing China’s red line on Taiwan’s issues and seeks Taiwan policy “I’m doing it.”

Washington currently has no formal diplomatic relations with Taipei, but maintains a strong relationship with Taipei under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) enacted by former President Jimmy Carter in April 1979. The United States is also Taiwan’s largest weapon. supplier.

Dodd spoke after Tsai at Cheong Wa Dae, reaffirming the relationship between Washington and Taipei.

“I can confidently say that the US partnership with Taiwan is stronger than ever,” Dodd said.

He added: “At the request of my longtime friend, President Joe Biden, we were able to reaffirm our commitment to this partnership and deepen our cooperation on the many interests we share.”

Mr Dodd said the Biden administration would support Taiwan’s expansion of “international space”, support Taipei’s “investment in self-defense,” and deepen its economic ties with Taiwan.

Beijing opposes Taiwan’s participation in international organizations and conferences, seeing the international presence that the island may enjoy, just as it suggests that Taiwan is a de facto nation-state. ing. Currently, Taiwan is not a member of the World Health Organization due to opposition from Beijing.

Steinberg praised Taiwan for its success in containing the spread of the CCP virus that causes COVID-19 disease. In Taiwan, as of April 15, there were a total of 1,068 cases of infection and 11 associated deaths.

“Taiwan’s grand efforts to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19 prove how democracy can provide strong and effective governance for the benefit of its own people as well as the world. “Steinberg said at Cheong Wa Dae.

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu said on Twitter that the negotiations between the two countries were “warm, vast and productive,” and that Taiwan-US relations were “solid and wonderful.”

In early March, US Admiral Philip Davidson, head of the US Indo-Pacific Army, warned that China could invade Taiwan “in the next six years.” Other analysts believe the timeline can be much shorter.