US State Dept’s Progress Report on Indo-Pacific Affirms Ties to Taiwan, Denounces Chinese Threats
Date: November 4, 2019
By: Frank Fang, Epoch Times
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – OCTOBER 10: Military police stand in front of the Presidential Palace to mark the island’s National Day celebrations on October 10, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan celebrated its National Day on October 10 with fireworks, cultural presentations, and official ceremonies, marking the beginning of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911 that resulted in the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the founding of the Republic of China, which is now centered on Taiwan. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)
China was called out for a litany of bad behaviors in the Indo-Pacific while its democratic neighbor Taiwan was touted as a strong partner to the United States in a new report released by the U.S. State Department on Nov. 3.
The progress report analyzed measures that the U.S. government has taken to safeguard the Indo-Pacific region, how it has worked with like-minded partners, and identified potential threats to the U.S. strategy.
“Since the start of the Trump Administration, the Department of State and USAID have provided more than $4.5 billion in foreign assistance to the region,” the report said.
There are also about 375,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel assigned to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. [FULL STORY]