President Tsai Confirms Presence of US Troops on Taiwanese Soil

Epoch Times – by Isabel van Brugen

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday confirmed for the first time in 40 years the presence of American troops on Taiwanese soil, saying that she is confident the United States would defend the self-ruled island if it were attacked by China.

“I do have faith given the long-term relationship that we have with the United States. and also the support of the people of the United States as well as the Congress,” she told CNN in an interview aired Wednesday evening U.S. time. “The administration has been very helpful.”

The “threat from China is increasing every day,” Tsai added, confirming that American troops are currently stationed on the island. She said however that there were “not as many as people thought” on Taiwanese soil.

“We have a wide range of cooperation with the United States aiming at increasing our defense capability,” she added.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims that the self-ruled island of Taiwan is a province of China. The democratically governed island has its own constitution, military, and ruling party.

Beijing has in recent weeks escalated military harassment against the island, including a show of force from the Chinese military over Taiwan’s air defense zone.

Earlier this month, Chinese leader Xi Jinping renewed calls that Taiwan would be “reunified” with the mainland, and blamed continued commitment to Taiwan’s independence as a major threat to his plan of so-called “national rejuvenation,” a goal that observers say indicate Xi’s desire to transform the regime into the world’s sole superpower by mid-century.

“Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve,” Tsai said. “If we fail, then that means people, that believe in these values, would doubt whether these are values that they [should] be fighting for.”

Tsai previously said that the island will do “whatever it takes” to safeguard the island against mounting CCP aggression.

Her latest remarks come a week after President Joe Biden told a CNN town hall event that the United States was committed to defending Taiwan if the self-ruled island were attacked by China—a departure from a long-held U.S. position of “strategic ambiguity.”

The White House later walked back his comments, while some analysts said that Biden had simply misspoken. The president was “not intending to convey a change in policy, nor has he made a decision to change our policy,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Oct. 22.

Biden and Xi are expected to hold a virtual meeting before the end of the year, according to White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

Epoch Times

One thought on “President Tsai Confirms Presence of US Troops on Taiwanese Soil

  1. War being stoked in many lands. I watched a video today on people leaving Australia to head for Russia. The guy interviewed ended with how much he loves Australia, but he doesn’t want his kids to see what it’s becoming. I thought about that father for a moment, and about others who are fleeing their homeland. His stirring words about how much he loved his country, and then I saw contradiction and I thought: “If you love it so much why are you surrendering it to communism? Stay and fight.” 

    World War III, showin’ off its stuff, amping up its onslaught. We’ve already been in it for a few years, in more ways than one, but now you can feel its desperation, since the scamdemic and its poison aren’t going along quite as they expected. The whole planet is jumping. We are Gazans ever under attack. We are Yemenis, starving. We are Australians, under the crush of the boot, but unlike many there we are not running away, as if there’s any place to run to. We are American Nationals, ready to defend our freedom and uphold The Bill of Rights.

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