Maneuvers and support. The US State Department assured Saturday, January 23 that the support of the United States to Taiwan remains “solid as a rock” despite the “intimidation attempts” from China, several planes of which entered the island’s airspace during the day. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement that he “Notes with concern the current tendency of the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan”, and “urges Beijing to end its military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan”. These statements are the first about Taiwan since US President Joe Biden took office this week.
Taiwan separated from China at the end of the civil war in 1949. Its 23 million inhabitants live under the constant threat of an invasion from mainland China, whose rulers consider the island part of their country. territory. Despite its diplomatic ties with Beijing, Washington remains Taipei’s most important military support. China, opposed to any official link with Taiwan, is trying to isolate the island diplomatically. Former US President Donald Trump had strengthened contacts with Taipei during his diplomatic and commercial standoff with China.
The latter pleaded for a new start in bilateral relations under the Biden presidency, calling on the United States on Thursday to “handle the issues concerning Taiwan carefully and appropriately to avoid damaging China-US relations”. But the new American president should stay on a hard line, because the protection of Taiwan is a consensual subject in the United States.
The Chinese air force last year made 380 incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone – a record – and the trend appears to have continued since Biden came to power. According to the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense, 13 Chinese planes, including eight bombers and five fighters, again violated its air defense zone on Saturday. Taiwanese foreign ministry thanked the US for its support “despite current pressure from Beijing”.