- On Saturday, 13 Chinese military aircraft penetrated the Taiwanese air defense limitation zone from the southwest
- The US Navy sent a group of ships and indicated that the purpose of sending an aircraft carrier is to promote “freedom of the seas” in the region.
- “We will stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends and allies to support our collective prosperity, our security and our values in the Indo-Pacific region, which include deepening our ties with democratic Taiwan,” the foreign ministry statement said.
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On Saturday, 13 Chinese military aircraft entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) from the southwest. While violations of the Taiwanese ADIZ by the Chinese military have become the norm in recent months, this was the largest number of aircraft penetrating the area in a single day.
On the same day, the US Navy sent a group of ships to the South China Sea under the command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. It was accompanied by USS Russell and USS John Finn Arley Burke missile destroyers and the USS Bunker Hill Ticonderoga missile cruiser. The US Navy indicated that the purpose of sending an aircraft carrier is to promote “freedom of the seas” in the region.
“Our commitment to Taiwan is sustainable and contributes to peace and stability throughout the Taiwan Strait and (Indo-Pacific) region,” the US State Department statement said.
In response to Saturday’s statement, the Taiwan Foreign Ministry thanked the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter for the support it had shown and affirmed its readiness to continue cooperation with the United States in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Expressing its concern over the recent actions taken by the People’s Republic of China in the Indo-Pacific region, the Foreign Ministry urged, “We urge Beijing to end its military, diplomatic and economic pressures on Taiwan and enter into constructive dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives.”
“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends and allies to support our collective prosperity, our security and our values in the Indo-Pacific region, which include deepening our ties with democratic Taiwan,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement also stated that “the United States will continue to support the peaceful solution of problems in the (Taiwan) Strait in accordance with the wishes and interests of the Taiwan people.”
The statement also indicated that the United States will continue to support Taiwan in maintaining its defense capabilities. Last year, the Donald Trump administration approved six arms sales to Taiwan. During the entire term of office, 11 such tranches were approved – the most since the severance of formal diplomatic relations between states.
This is the first official statement from the State Department during Joe Biden’s presidency expressing support for Taiwan. Biden’s election as president caused uncertainty among Taiwanese, who saw Trump’s term as the best in the history of relations between the United States and Taiwan since he severed ties between states.
However, this is not the Biden administration’s first cordial gesture of Taiwan. Taiwan’s US representative Hsiao Bee-Kim has been officially invited to the inauguration of the new US President, Joe Biden. Authorities in Taipei reported that an MP from Taiwan was sworn in by the president of the United States for the first time since 1979.
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