The president of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, proposed record investment for the defense of her nation, in the face of the threat of invasion by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Tsai’s announcement involves spending $15.4 billion on defense systems, equivalent to 2.4% of the country’s GDP, and requires legislative approval, according to the South China Morning Post of Aug. 13.
Simultaneously, Tsai is seeking a “constructive security relationship” with the United States, according to a virtual speech broadcast at the Washington-based Hudson Institute on Aug. 12.
“Our 23 million people have the right to determine our own future, which is the antithesis of the position Beijing has taken,” Tsai said in her speech.
She added, “Upholding these principles requires us to be able to defend Taiwan against coercive actions. It entails backing up words with actions.”
On the same occasion, Tsai reiterated that the CCP must accept the reality that Taiwan is a democracy.
Beijing does not rule out the use of violence to take over Taiwan, which keeps its inhabitants on the defensive. This warning increased after the CCP imposed a law on Hong Kong that violated the international treaty protecting its democracy.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu expressed his concern and saw support from the United States in the recent visit of Health Secretary Alex Azar.
“The United States understands that Taiwan is threatened,” Wu said, referring to the CCP’s claims, according to Taiwan News.
Azar, the highest ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan since 1979, and even during his visit three CCP fighter jets briefly invaded the Taiwan Strait.
The United States sent three B-2 stealth bombers to its base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in response to the growing threat from the CCP over Taiwan.
A report cited by The Times explained, “This is the first time that strategic bombers with nuclear capability have been sent to the remote island since 2016, in an indication of growing concern about China’s [CCP’s] intentions toward Taiwan.”
As part of its defensive strategies, Taiwan is conducting live-fire missile tests off its east coast, according to Aug. 14 reports mentioned by Taiwan News.
The military exercises will last until Aug. 18 and could include anything from Sky Bow III surface-to-air missiles to the Yun Feng long-range supersonic cruise missiles, as well as the Hsiung Feng series anti-ship cruise missiles.