Taiwan is vital, says US delegate

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TAIPEI — Maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is “not just an American interest, but also a global interest,” former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said Wednesday. during a visit to Taiwan which comes in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Some say the conflict in Ukraine has drawn parallels with China’s threat to use force to annex Taiwan, a self-governing island democracy it considers its own territory.

China has sent military aircraft to the island’s buffer zone and held exercises nearby.

Mullen said peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region “has never been more important”.

“We come to Taiwan at a very difficult and critical time in world history. As President Biden has said, democracy faces sustained and alarming challenges, most recently in Ukraine,” he said. . “Now more than ever, democracy needs champions.”

Taiwan and mainland China are separated by the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait, and any Chinese attempt to attack or invade would carry considerable risk, as well as the possibility of implicating the United States and other powers. regions in the conflict.

Mullen said his delegation’s visit “reflects the bipartisan nature of support for the United States’ strong partnership with Taiwan.”

President Tsai Ing-wen stressed that Taiwan will continue to strengthen its defenses against China and said the resistance of the Ukrainian people is inspiring.

“As a member of the international community, Taiwan not only expresses strong condemnation, but also participates in international sanctions against Russia and initiates humanitarian aid to Ukraine,” she said. “Now is the time for the world’s democracies to unite, and Taiwan cannot be absent.”

Separately, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday evening and was met by the Foreign Ministry’s North American Affairs chief. Pompeo, who previously headed the Central Intelligence Agency, will also meet with Tsai on Thursday and address a forum, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Pompeo has drawn attention for his recent flattering comments about Vladimir Putin, in which he called the Russian president “very capable” and said he had “tremendous respect for him”.

In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, the former Chairman of Adm. Mike Mullen speaks during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is “not just an American interest, but also a global one”, a former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said Wednesday during a visit to Taiwan amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, right, speaks as the former chairman of the adm. Mike Mullen, center, listens during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is “not just an American interest, but also a global interest,” former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said Wednesday during a visit to Taiwan that comes amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, right, greets former Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen upon arrival at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. A delegation of former U.S. defense officials landed in Taiwan on Tuesday in a sign of heightened communication between the parties in the face of the imminent threat from China. (Taiwan Foreign Ministry via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, speaks during a meeting with a U.S. delegation in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Maintaining peace and Stability across the Taiwan Strait is “not just an American interest, but also a global one”, former US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said on Wednesday during a visit to Taiwan amid the war of Russia against Ukraine. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, right, speaks as the former chairman of the adm. Mike Mullen listens during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is “not just an American interest, but also a global interest,” said Former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen on Wednesday during a visit to Taiwan that comes amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, right, speaks as the former chairman of the adm. Mike Mullen listens during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Maintaining peace and stability crossing the Taiwan Strait is “not just an American interest, but also a global interest,” said Wednesday former US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen during a visit to Taiwan amid Russia’s war against Ukraine. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Presidential Office of Taiwan, former Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen speaks as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, right, listens during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is not “not just an American interest, but also a global interest,” former US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said Wednesday during a visit to Taiwan that comes amid Russia’s war against the United States. ‘Ukraine. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, the former Chairman of Adm. Mike Mullen, left, greets Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Maintaining peace and stability crossing the Taiwan Strait is “not only an American interest, but also a global interest,” former US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said on Wednesday during a visit to Taiwan amid Russia’s war against Ukraine. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)
Photo In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
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