On Wednesday, while speaking on CNN, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said China’s threat of aggression is “increasing every day,” while also confirming American military actively assisting Taiwan’s defenses.
Over the past year, China has become increasingly hostile toward Taiwan, resulting in Taiwan increasing the island’s “defense capability.” This interview follows recent reports of the American military actively assisting in the hardening of Taiwan’s defense forces, in preparation of a possible invasion from China.
The US and Taiwan have been close allies, which has become a hot-button issue with China. From China’s perspective, Taiwan is a rouge part of China that needs to be brought back in line.
Taiwan has not seen an invasion from China, mainly because if China were to take overt military action, the US would step in to defend the island. According to Taiwan’s President, “the long-term relationship that we have with the U.S. and also the support the people of the U.S., as well as the Congress, and the administration has been very helpful.”