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Congressman Gallagher: U.S. must take Beijing’s threat to Taiwan seriously

According to the American Institute in Taiwan, the US is closely monitoring China’s maneuvers around Taiwan and is “quite confident” that it has sufficient resources and capabilities in the region to ensure peace and stability.

China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as part of its territory, and on Saturday, a day after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen returned from the United States, it began three days of military exercises around the island.

Tsai Ing-wen met with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during a stopover in Los Angeles on her way back from Central America, despite Beijing’s previous warnings.

“We are closely monitoring Beijing’s actions,” said an American Institute in Taiwan spokesman. In the absence of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Taiwan, AIT is regarded as the de facto United States embassy in Taiwan.

“As we have previously stated, there is no reason for Beijing to treat this transit, which is consistent with longstanding US practice and policy, as a separate event or to use it as an excuse to overreact,” the spokesperson added.

According to the spokesman, communication channels between the US and China are still open, and the US has been urging restraint and not changing the status quo.
“We are confident that we have enough resources and capabilities in the region to ensure peace and stability and to meet our national security commitments.” Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense announced on Sunday that as of 6 a.m. on April 1, the country’s military forces were fully operational.

9 In the last 24 hours, 71 CCP military plane sorties (including 45 crossings of the Strait’s central line and its extension line into southwest airspace) and 9 CCP warships were detected, and they continued to operate around the Taiwan Strait.

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According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, the national military closely monitors and responds using mission aircraft, ships, and shore-mounted missile systems. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of National Defense, the CCP used President Tsai Ing-visit wen’s to the United States as an excuse to conduct military exercises, seriously undermining regional peace, stability, and security. The national army will respond calmly, rationally, and seriously, guarding and monitoring in accordance with the principle of “not escalating conflicts, not causing disputes,” and defending national sovereignty and national security.

The US severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979 and established diplomatic relations with Beijing instead. However, under US domestic law, the US is obligated to provide Taiwan with means of self-defense.

Taiwan, according to China, is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations and has frequently been a source of friction between the two countries.

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