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Taiwan’s general councilor warns of a potential invasion of his country by China and calls on the world’s democracies to support his island nation.
“I am very, very concerned about a potential future Chinese invasion of Taiwan,” said Ambassador General Councilor James JK Lee, general manager of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Bureau in New York.
“China has not given up on the use of force against Taiwan.”
Ambassador Lee, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, outlined international and domestic efforts to strengthen Taiwan’s defenses in the face of growing Chinese aggression.
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“Many military experts estimate different timelines for a possible invasion. But I believe that peace can only be sustained through force,” Lee said.
He praised President Biden’s show of support for the independent island nation when he recently told “60 Minutes” that US troops will help defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. White House officials have said the president’s statement is part of a policy of “strategic ambiguity” that aims to keep Beijing out of balance, although the US “One China” policy remains in place.
“It highlights the determination of the United States to safeguard democracy. It also sends a clear message to Beijing that a strategy of ambiguity tends to clarity in response to Chinese intimidation against Taiwan,” Lee said. “Ukraine will have told us that deterrence is essential. Preemptive warfare is very critical. Our real success in the end will not measure whether we can win a war on Taiwan, but whether we can prevent one.”
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The Biden administration is also reportedly considering imposing sanctions on China to deter a potential invasion.
“Americans should know that Taiwan’s democratic future is about the future of the free world. Chinese aggression against Taiwan displaces the entire region. Therefore, we should view Taiwan not as China’s ultimate goal, but rather as the first domino. in the pursuit of global dominance, “Lee said.
China has intensified its provocations against Taiwan, which still considers itself its own territory. Recent large-scale military exercises off the coast of Taiwan and the continuing warplanes breaching the country’s defense zones are examples of Beijing’s bluster. Only about 90 miles separate the two countries between the Taiwan Straight, which is roughly the same distance between Cuba and Florida.
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“The US and Taiwan should use this crisis as a catalyst to move faster towards a constructive security partnership,” says Lee. “When you are facing such a huge enemy giant on the other side, we hope that those freedom and peace loving countries can unite and support Taiwan. We need it.”
Lee also garnered New York support for his nation and sought to expand his role in the United Nations. The UN General Assembly expelled Taiwan in favor of Communist China in 1971.
Observers say Beijing’s belligerence has only backfired and made Taiwan’s defense a top US priority. Ambassador Lee says China’s moves have also strengthened the resolve of the Taiwanese people.
“The measure of China’s aggressive and coercive approach only reinforces the will of our people to safeguard our democracy and freedom,” he says.
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“Although Taiwan will do everything possible to ease the tension, we will never give up our freedom.”
Jennifer Johnson contributed to this report.