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Taiwan’s military announces “cooperation” agreement with the US National Guard

Taiwan's military announces "cooperation" agreement with the US National Guard

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The The US National Guard plans Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday announced a “cooperation” program with the Taiwan military.

Tsai did not provide details on the upcoming cooperation, but previous reports suggested that the Taiwanese military might be linked to the Hawaiian National Guard. Tsai’s announcement came during a meeting in Taipei with Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Il.

“The US Department of Defense is now proactively planning cooperation between the US National Guard and the Taiwan Defense Forces,” Tsai said. “We look forward to closer and deeper cooperation between Taiwan and the United States on regional security issues,” he added.

The advertisement comes in the form of China intensifies its military aggression Near Taiwanese territory. Mainland China has long claimed Taiwan as its own territory, and has threatened to take it back by force.

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (right) listens while inspecting reservist training at a military base in Taoyuan on March 12, 2022.
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“US politicians should seriously abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques, immediately stop all official interactions with Taiwan, and avoid sending any false signal to the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. things He said in response To visit Duckworth.

The United States has maintained a complex relationship with Taiwan, being its largest international supporter and arms supplier while not having formal diplomatic relations. The United States continues to abide by the Taiwan Relations Act, which recognizes, but does not support, China’s claim to the island.

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Biden said the US military would defend Taiwan if it came.

President Biden further complicated relations by repeatedly declaring that the US military would intervene if China invaded the island. The United States has not made such a commitment and White House staff I had to go back Such statements from Biden three times so far in his term.

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Direct cooperation between the US and Taiwan militaries will only be the latest major display of unity between the two governments. Six members of the US Congress Travel to the island In April, the largest and highest-grossing US delegation ever visits the island.