Taiwan to establish $200 million Lithuania investment fund
08 January 2022 | 11:59 am
Tensions between China and Lithuania soared after Taiwan was allowed to open a de facto embassy in Vilnius. Now, Taiwan wants to help offset the financial cost that comes with angering Beijing.
China's recent air force maneuvers around Taiwan have caused consternation and confusion. However, there are critical distinctions to be made between rules on entering different kinds of airspace.
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Taiwan has said 149 sorties by Chinese air force planes into its air defense zone in recent days are dangerous for regional stability. The increased military activity has also drawn international concern.
According to the US official, about 20 special forces are in Taiwan to train soldiers amid rising aggression from China. Both countries had previously denied such an arrangement existed.
China's President Xi Jinping says that the "reunification" with Taiwan "will be fulfilled", days after Chinese warplanes made record incursions into the air defence zone of the democratically ruled island. Self-governed Taiwan, which has never formally declared independence, lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.
In her National Day speech, Taiwan's president called on Beijing to respect her country's sovereignty. The remarks came one day after China's Xi Jinping reiterated his desire for reunification.
China and Taiwan have entered dangerous territory. Beijing regards the latter as a breakaway province and has vowed peaceful reunification. But Taiwan's leaders say it is a sovereign state. The self-ruled island has strategically important maritime borders and is a longtime source of tension between China and the US. We take a look at what's behind the divide.
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The president says the United States has a "commitment" to protect Taiwan as China continues to impose its sovereignty on the island. Beijing has urged Washington to act with caution on the Taiwan issue.
Speaking after a summit in Brussels, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reaffirms the United States' commitment to continue to help Taiwan 'defend itself' against threats from China. Recent comments by US President Joe Biden sparked a new firestorm in Washington-Beijing relations, when he affirmed that the United States had an agreement to help defend US ally Taiwan. Authoritarian China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize the island, by force if needed.
The president has again said that he has a commitment to defend Taiwan should China attack, contradicting the US's decades-old policy toward the island. It has prompted official clarification about the US's role in Asia.
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