In view of the current hostile actions carried out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Taiwan, a survey published on Sept. 28 revealed that 60% of Taiwanese citizens consider that the United States would send troops to defend the island against an eventual invasion by the CCP.
According to Taiwan News, the survey conducted by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF), indicates that 60% of Taiwanese adults over 20 years old believe that if the Chinese Communist Party uses force against Taiwan, the United States can send troops for its defense, while 33% of Taiwanese would disagree with such an approach.
Those who had the opportunity to respond to the survey were confronted with the following question, “If China used force against Taiwan, do you think the United States would send troops to help [defend] Taiwan?
As Taiwan News reported, 24.1% responded “very likely,” 35.9% said it was “possible,” 20% noted it was “unlikely,” 13.4% of respondents said it was “impossible,” while 6.6% expressed no opinion on the matter.
Regarding confidence in the Taiwanese armed forces, the latest polls show that 49% of citizens are satisfied with the military’s ability to respond to a threat to the country, while 45% do not trust it.
U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are satisfactorily supported by 57% of citizens, while 33% are dissatisfied with the arms agreements reached with the United States.
As for Taiwanese perception that the island is a territory of China, 83.5 percent said that Taiwan comprises Penghu, Kinmen and their affiliated islands, while 8.4 percent thought that in addition to Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and the affiliated islands, it also includes China, showing that there is a general consensus on Taiwan’s independence from China, according to Taiwan News.
As time passes, U.S.-Taiwan relations are tightening despite the fact that the CCP is constantly pressuring Taiwan to submit to reunification and accept the “One China” policy.
In late February, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that further tightens bilateral relations with Taiwan despite threats to the United States about not meddling in China’s internal affairs.
According to Europa Press, the law allows U.S. officials at all levels to travel to the island to meet with their officials and also allows Taiwanese officials to enter the United States “under respectable conditions,” allowing economic and cultural representatives to conduct business.
During the month of August Taiwan was visited by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, who became the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the island since 1979.
Then in mid-August, Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Keith Krach traveled to the island to engage in a strategic dialogue on trade and security and also to attend the memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui on Sept. 19, 2020, according to a State Department statement.
According to Newsweek, the Taiwan Relations Act states that the United States is legally obligated to help defend the island.