US reaffirms Taiwan support after China sends warplanes
Chinese pressure on Taiwan threatens regional stability - US State Dept.
Kathmandu: The U.S. has reaffirmed support for Taiwan following China’s dispatch of warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test American resolve.
The State Department on Saturday said it “notes with concern the pattern of ongoing (China's) attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.”
“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives," spokesperson Ned Price said in the statement.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said China on Saturday sent eight bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons and four fighter jets into airspace just southwest of the island, part of a long-standing pattern of Chinese incursions aimed at pressuring the government of President Tsai Ing-wen into caving to Beijing’s demand that she recognize Taiwan as a part of Chinese territory is reported in ABC news.
Relations between the China and US are at their lowest level in decades due to their disagreements on issues including Taiwan, Hong Kong, human rights, the coronavirus pandemic, the South China Sea, trade, and espionage.
As per China, Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in its relationship with the US and has previously announced sanctions on US companies selling weapons to Taiwan, though it has not been clear how, or if, they were enforced.