Washington [US], April 8 (ANI): The United States maintains the ability to resist any recourse to force or other forms of coercion that endanger the security or social or economic system of the people of Taiwan, the spokesman said Wednesday of the State Department, Ned Price (local time).
Taiwan’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the island will be defended “until the last day” if it is attacked by China.
According to media reports, Joseph Wu noted that China on Monday flew 10 warplanes in the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone and recently deployed an aircraft carrier battle group to exercise in the waters near the US Air Force. ‘island.
“Our commitment to Taiwan is strong. We think and know that it contributes to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and also in the region. Of course, we have noted with great concern the pattern of efforts in Taiwan. course of the PRC and intimidation attempts in the region, including the context of Taiwan, ”Price said during a briefing.
“In support of long-standing U.S. policy, again, as reflected in the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States maintains the ability to resist any recourse to force or other forms of coercion that endanger security. or the social or economic system of the Taiwan people, ”he added.
Price further said Washington will continue to work with allies and partners in support of “our shared prosperity, our security and our values” in the Indo-Pacific region, and this includes peace and stability. in the Taiwan Strait.
In a move to further increase tensions near Taiwan, the Chinese navy has announced that its military exercises near the island will be more regular.
Taiwan has complained about an increase in Chinese military activity near it in recent months, while China is stepping up efforts to assert its sovereignty over the island, the Japan Times reported.
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people located on the southeast coast of mainland China, even though the two sides have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.
Taipei, on the other hand, has countered Chinese aggression by increasing strategic ties with democracies, including the United States, which Beijing has repeatedly opposed. China has threatened that “Taiwan independence” means war.
As for the Philippines, for the past two days, the Philippines has been flying its warplanes over an area known as Whitsun Reef, which is actually in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, and there are about 200 Chinese ships. which appear to be manned by this Chinese maritime militia.
When asked if the Biden administration continues to hold the position declared by the Trump administration, according to which the United States will consider any attack on any territory in the Philippines as covered by the United States-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, the A spokesman said that “an armed attack on the Philippine armed forces, public ships or aircraft in the Pacific, including the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the United States-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty. PRC maritime militia near Whitsun Reef, and we have seen that ships have also spread to other parts of the South China Sea.We have reiterated our strong support for the Philippines and called on the PRC to comply with the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling under the Convention on the Law of the Sea, which is final and legally binding on all parties, ”Price added.
Whitsun Reef belongs to the Spratly Archipelago. China considers the Spratly archipelago as its territory, despite the ruling of the Hague-based Permanent Arbitration Court, which stated that there was no legal basis for China’s maritime claims. The Philippines initiated arbitration proceedings in January 2013, Sputnik reported. (ANI)