US President Donald Trump intends to visit Taiwan and recognize its status after claiming that “China is going to pay a big price ” for the coronavirus outbreak and preventing him from winning the election.
According to Japanese Sankei Shimbun’s evening newspaper “Yukan Fuji” on October 12th, President Trump is considering “recognizing Taiwan’s status” and making a visit to Taiwan.
Trump is considering diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, the report says, and the United States has prepared an alternative plan for Vice President Pence or Secretary of State Pompeo to perform this action in place of Trump. It was said that the EU and US allies generally agree to the plan.
The report also stated that “mainland China’s ambitions are clearly aimed at capturing Taiwan and Diaoyutai”. After the occupation of Taiwan, the Chinese army further plans to occupy Diaoyutai and Okinawa Prefecture in Japan.
The Trump administration plans to sell three advanced weapons systems to Taiwan after notifying Congress of the deals on Friday, Defense News has confirmed.
The administration sent Congress an informal notification that it plans to sell Taiwan the systems amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan, but also the United States. First reported by Reuters, the notification follows reports the Trump administration was pushing the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan.
The move is likely to further anger China, as the country claims Taiwan as its territory and has recently stepped up its threats to use force against the island if necessary.
With an erratic President Donald Trump distracted by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as his own ill health, and already disengaged from Asian affairs, concerns have been mounting about America’s commitment to defending the region, an Atlantic report says yesterday.
China, by contrast, is becoming more assertive, having achieved a clampdown in Hong Kong—where it put a far-reaching and restrictive national-security law in place—with few, if any, tangible repercussions from the international community.
As a result, some Taiwan watchers, and the island’s leaders themselves, are worried that the risks of war breaking out over control of the island are rising, either caused accidentally, or even purposely launched by Beijing.
To justify his power grab, China’s leader Xi Jinping has presented himself to his domestic audience as the ultimate defender of China’s national interests and the man who will make China great again on the world stage.
China’s military simulated a large-scale amphibious invasion while Taiwan celebrated its National Day at the weekend, the latest in a series of drills raising tensions in the region.
By Winnie Troppie