China vs Taiwan: Taiwan's President for the first time confirms presence of US troops on the island

China vs Taiwan: Taiwan's President for the first time confirms presence of US troops on the island



Taiwan's President for the first time in the Island's history has confirmed the presence of US military troops on the island.



President Tsai Ing-wen says the threat from Beijing is growing "every day," adding that Taiwan, which is located fewer than 200 kilometers (124 miles) away from China's southeastern coast, was a "beacon" of democracy that needed to be defended to uphold faith worldwide in democratic values.



Taiwan and mainland China have been separately governed since the Nationalists retreated to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war more than 70 years ago. Taiwan is now a democracy but the mainland's ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to view the island as an inseparable part of its territory -- despite having never controlled it.


Earlier this month, China's military sent a record number of warplanes into the air around Taiwan while diplomats and state-run media warned of a possible invasion unless the island toes the CCP line.



Chinese president, Xi Jinping has vowed to reunite the island with mainland China with force if necessary.



Speaking with CNN in an exclusive interview, President Tsai Ing-wen said;






"Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve," she said.


"If we fail, then that means people that believe in these values would doubt whether these are values that they (should) be fighting for."Latest Post
Tags