Declassified US document shows commitment to defend Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 13 January, 2021
By: Natalie Tso

US President Donald Trump at the Alamo in Texas on Tuesday (photo: AFP)

The US declassified a national security document on Tuesday showing its strategy for the Indo-Pacific. In it, the US shows its commitment to defend the first-island-chain nations, including Taiwan.

National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said the document, titled "United States Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific" was released to show the US commitment to "keeping the Indo-Pacific region free and open long into the future". The document was declassified 30 years earlier than it normally would have been.

In regards to Taiwan, the document says that the US should "Devise and implement a defense strategy capable of, but not limited to: (1) denying China sustained air and sea dominance inside the "first island chain" in a conflict; (2) defending the first-island-chain nations, including Taiwan; and (3) dominating all domains outside the first island-chain.”    [FULL  STORY]

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