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Taiwan Warns They Are Strengthening Military To Protect Against China

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President Tsai Ing-wen

During a speech over the weekend, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen warned that the country would be strengthening its military to protect Taiwan’s sovereignty against Communist China.
“After taking complete control of Hong Kong and suppressing democracy activists, the Beijing authorities also shifted away from the path of political and economic development that they had followed since ‘reform and opening up’ began decades ago. At the same time, regional order is being challenged in the South and East China Seas,” Tsai
said. “The routinization of Chinese military activity in Taiwan’s southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) has seriously affected both our national security and aviation safety.”

Tsai explained that Taiwan “is willing to do its part to contribute to the peaceful development of the region” and that their “position on cross-strait relations remains the same: neither our goodwill nor our commitments will change.”

However, Tsai warned, “We hope for an easing of cross-strait relations and will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure. We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us. This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”

Tsai’s comments come just a week after China sent over 150 military planes into Taiwanese air space.

“The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told ABC Australia in response to China’s aggression. “If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment. I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”

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  1. John

    October 12, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Well I know a lot of American people will fight for Taiwan independence against the aggressive, predatory, unscrupulous, duplicitous CCP, regardless of what the Biden Regime does.

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China Ready to Meet With Biden Amid Growing Tensions

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Biden China

As tensions are on the rise between the United States and China, President Biden could have a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as soon as next week to discuss cooperation, though a date has not been scheduled, according to Fox News

As reported by CNBC, “’ Right now, China-U.S. relations are at a critical historical juncture. Both countries will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice,’ Xi wrote in a letter read aloud by Chinese ambassador Qin Gang at the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ annual gala.’ Xi continued, ‘Following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board.’”

President Biden spoke with Xi in September as part of his effort to “manage the competition” between the U.S. and China. Biden emphasized the United States’ “enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” according to a White House report of the conversation. 

This report comes as the relationship between the United States and China remains strained due to tensions with trade, coronavirus, allegations of genocide, and military build-up.

On Monday, CBS News reported images of U.S. ships being used for target practice by the People’s Liberation Army. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying ‘I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.’” 

This month, the Pentagon reported that China has been rapidly increasing its nuclear capabilities that appear “designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by midcentury.” According to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, “We are witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed.”  

Additionally, China has been reportedly expanding its military flights near Taiwan, “a self-governing island republic claimed by Beijing and which it threatens to annex by force.” Taiwan receives weapons from the U.S. to defend itself against threats. While the U.S. Navy’s presence in the South China Sea remains dominant, China has been increasing the number of vessels in its navy and coast guard in the region. 

Since President Biden’s last meeting with President Xi Jinping, many more pressing issues have been placed on the table that are of serious concern regarding U.S.-China relations.

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Harris Becomes the Court Jester in Paris

The VP was mocked for appearing to use French accent during Paris visit

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Kamala Harris

Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris took to speaking in a fake French accent while in the company of the French at the Pasteur Institute in Paris on Tuesday. Discussing “ze plan,” Harris received an awkward chuckle from her audience. Maybe Harris thought she was being relatable, or funny, but is donning a phony accent to the people who speak it really appropriate? The Spectator writes, “The vice president of the United States should surely be held to a higher standard.” 

According to The Spectator, “the French were already mystified as to what Harris is doing in Paris. The Washington Examiner’s intrepid Katherine Doyle, who spoke to a taxi driver and a restaurant worker for her story on the reaction to the visit, reports that Paris is perplexed.” Possibly even more so now with her attempt to mock their accent. One must wonder if the “woke” crowd will hold her accountable for what many consider to be cultural appropriation. 

Harris is visiting Paris during a time when relations have reached “a historic low” after France’s plans to sell submarines to the Australian navy were ruined by a submarine deal between the United States and Britain, according to U.S. News. “President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron the U.S. had been ‘clumsy’ in its handling of the issue,” a word that seems frequently used in the last year regarding the actions of the Biden administration. 

Harris will deliver a speech on Thursday at the annual Paris Peace Forum and take part in the Paris Conference on Libya on Friday. Hopefully, she does not attempt to imitate anyone else’s accent and manage to embarrass the United States even more. 

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