For continuously breaching Taiwan’s air space with droves of China’s warplanes, the island nation has called on democracies to rally behind her as China’s growing threat of invasion seem imminent.
The United States responded on Taiwan’s call and has finalized directives on providing military aid and training to Taiwan’s armed forces under the Taiwan Relations Act.
According to the Pentagon, visits to Taiwan “are fairly routine” and “in keeping with our obligations”.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Just recently, Taiwan received a delegation of U.S. lawmakers on board a Boeing C40A military plane that took off from Oklahoma airport.
The plane landed in Taipei at 6 p.m. local time as confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the agency, the trip was arranged by the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in Taipei.
However, there was neither a disclosure as to which of the lawmakers were on the guest list, nor their itinerary.
Beijing immediately condemned the trip and called it an “act of provocation” on the part of the United States.
China’s Ministry of National Defense condemned the U.S. for “grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs” and said it should stop its “provocative actions” that could only escalate tensions on the Taiwan Strait.
It said in its statement, the U.S. “should refrain from sending wrong signals to Taiwan’s independence forces.”
“The People’s Liberation Army will always be on high alert and adopt all necessary measures to resolutely smash any interference by foreign forces and separatist attempts.”
After threats of taking back Taiwan have been earlier aired when the island nation has not agreed to any reunification proposition from Beijing, the relations between the two have soured.
China has started showing its aggressive side to the island nation, sending warplanes to Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ)—the area surrounding the island that Taipei said it would respond to should there be any incursions.
Meanwhile, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the visit by congressional delegation to the island on a military aircraft is “not uncommon”.
“Congressional delegation visits to Taiwan are fairly routine,” he said. He continued saying that the trip was in “keeping with our obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act, which has been supported by multiple administrations, both Democratic and Republican, that reinforces our requirement to help Taiwan with its self defense needs.” (RA/JuanManila)
Featured image: “Congressional delegation visits to Taiwan are fairly routine,” says Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.