Taiwan Wants Strong U.S. Defense to Make Invasion ‘Painful’ As China Conflict Fears Grow

Date: 10/12/20
By: Tom O'Connor

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Taiwan has long looked to the United States for protection from the massive forces of the Chinese mainland 100 miles to the west. Now Taipei is calling for robust defense ties with Washington amid growing concerns of potential conflict as Beijing's warplanes conduct regular fly-by's, threatening reunification by force.

Aircraft of the People's Liberation Army continued to enter Taiwan's declared air defense identification throughout the weekend, even as the self-ruling island celebrated "National Day"—an occasion commemorating the end of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China, which Taiwan officially calls itself.

But as the rival People's Republic of China made its presence known, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a military message as well.

"As commander-in-chief," Tsai said, "I always have the future of our military and our military of the future in my heart."    [FULL  STORY]

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