(Tokyo Reuters)-On Friday, top Japanese defense officials urged US President-elect Biden to be “strong” in a positive face of China’s support for Taiwan, calling for a “red line” of security on the island.
Defense Minister Yasuo Nakayama told the news agency: “We are worried that China will expand its aggressive stance beyond Hong Kong. I think the next target or everyone’s concern is Taiwan.”
In an interview, Japan’s Deputy Defense Minister Nakayamayama urged Biden to adopt a stance similar to that of outgoing President Donald Trump in Taiwan. Donald Trump has greatly increased arms sales to China’s so-called islands. Warring.
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Japan and Taiwan have strategic interests. Taiwan is located in a sea channel through which most of Japan’s energy supply and trade flow.
Zhongshan said: “So far, I have not seen Joe Biden’s clear policy or announcement on Taiwan. I want to hear it quickly, and then we can also prepare our response in accordance with Taiwan.”
During the presidential campaign, Biden called for strengthening ties with Taiwan and other “like-minded democracies.”
Decades ago, as a senator, Biden questioned whether the United States had an “obligation” to defend Taiwan. However, many people in his foreign policy circle admit that with the rise of authoritarian countries, America’s top priorities have changed, and China has become more confident and trying to shape the global system.
An official in Biden’s transition team said that the president-elect believes that the United States’ support for Taiwan “must remain strong, principled, and bipartisan”.
The official said: “After taking office, he will continue to support the peaceful settlement of cross-strait issues, which is in line with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan.”
The increase in US support for Taiwan, including arms sales and visits to Taipei by senior US officials, has angered Beijing and further aggravated the already poor Sino-US relations. China regards democratically ruled Taiwan as one of its provinces and has never given up the use of force to bring Taiwan under Beijing’s control.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday: “Taiwan is China’s internal affairs.” “We are firmly opposed to any country or any means of interference in China’s internal affairs.”
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ou Anni pointed out in Taipei that the two parties in the United States firmly support Taiwan and are based on the “common language” of freedom and democracy.
She said: “Taiwan looks forward to working closely with the Biden team to continue to steadily improve Taiwan-US relations on the basis of the existing strong friendship.”
Because the embassy was closed for Christmas, it was impossible to get in touch with American officials in Tokyo.
Zhongshan said: “There is a red line in Asia-China and Taiwan.” Former President Barack Obama announced a red line on Syria’s use of chemical weapons-Damascus then crossed a line. Biden was Obama’s vice president.
“If China crosses the red line, how would Joe Biden of the White House react under any circumstances?” Zhongshan said that he attended the memorial service of the late Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in August before assuming a defense position. “The United States is the leader of a democratic country. I have a strong feeling to say: America, be strong!”
Current and former senior Taiwan and US military officers said that in recent months, Chinese fighter jets have launched wave after wave, including crossing the sensitive center line between China and Taiwan, and devising pressure strategies to weaken Taiwan’s willingness to resist.
On the second day after a U.S. warship passed through the same waterway, Taiwan’s Chinese aircraft carrier fleet, headed by its newest aircraft carrier, sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait. The navy and air force were deployed on Sunday.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park; additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei; additional reporting by Yew Lun Tian in Beijing and Simon Simon in Wilmington, Delaware; editing by William Mallard and Diane Craft)