US deeply concerned over Taiwan-China tension

US deeply concerned over Taiwan-China tension
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has said the US is “deeply concerned” about actions that undermine peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Mr Sullivan’s comments come after China sent a “record number” of military planes in a public show of force into Taiwan’s air defence zone for four days in a row.

Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state – however, Beijing views the island as a breakaway province.

China has not ruled out the possible use of its military might to achieve unification.

on Thursday, Mr Sullivan said in an interview with BBC: “We are going to stand up and speak out, both privately and publicly when we see the kinds of activities that are fundamentally destabilising.”

Asked whether the United States was prepared to take military action to defend Taiwan, US national security adviser said: “Let me just say this, we are going to take action now to try to prevent that day from ever coming to pass.”

China was “going to steadfastly defend its perspective on the world”, Mr Sullivan added.

Taiwan broke away from mainland China as communists seized power in 1949.

Analysts have warned that China is becoming increasingly concerned that Taiwan’s government is moving the island towards a formal declaration of independence and wants to deter its President Tsai Ing-wen from taking any steps in that direction.

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