Taiwan official warns China: ‘We will never give up our freedom’
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Taiwan’s general counsel 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 against Taiwan,” said Ambassador General Counsel James JK Lee, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.
“China has not given up using force against Taiwan.”
Ambassador Lee, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, highlighted 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 timetables for a possible invasion. But I believe that peace can only be sustained through strength,” Lee said.
He praised President Biden’s show of support for the independent island nation when he recently told “60 Minutes” that U.S. troops would help defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. White House officials said the president’s statement was part of a policy of “strategic ambiguity” aimed at keeping Beijing off balance, although the US’s “One China” policy remains in place.
“It highlights America’s determination to protect democracy. It also sends a clear message to Beijing that a strategy of ambiguity is leaning towards clarity in response to Chinese intimidation against Taiwan,” Lee said. “Ukraine will have told us that deterrence is essential. Preventive warfare is very critical. Our true success will ultimately be measured not by whether we can win a war against Taiwan, but whether we can prevent one.”
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The Biden administration is also 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 would dislocate the entire region. Therefore, we should see Taiwan not as China’s ultimate goal, but rather as the first domino in the regional and regional quest. global dominance,” Lee said.
China has increased its provocations against Taiwan, which it still considers its own territory. Recent large-scale military exercises off the coast of Taiwan and warplanes breaching the country’s defense zones are examples of Beijing’s fanfare. Only about 90 miles separate the two countries between Taiwan Right, which is about the same distance between Cuba and Florida.
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“The United States and Taiwan should use this crisis as a catalyst to move more quickly toward a constructive security partnership,” Lee says. “When facing such a huge enemy on the other side, we hope that those freedom-loving and peace-loving countries can unite and offer support to Taiwan. We need that.”
Lee also gathered support in New York for his nation and sought to expand its role within 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.
“China’s aggressive and coercive approach only strengthens the will of our people to protect our democracy and freedom,” he says.
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“Although Taiwan will do everything it can to reduce tension, we will never give up our freedom.”
Jennifer Johnson contributed to this report.
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