U.S. sees no military response from China over President Tsai Ing-wen’s arrival in New York

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John Kirby

31st March 2023 – (Washington) The White House has reported that there has been no military reaction from China to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s arrival in New York, despite the sensitivity of her U.S. stopover. This comes as tensions continue to rise between the two countries, with China claiming Taiwan as its own territory.

Tsai’s visit marks her first stopover in the U.S. since 2019 and has sparked concerns from Chinese officials. Beijing has repeatedly warned U.S. officials not to meet with Tsai, as they view her as a separatist who is trying to push for Taiwanese independence.

Despite these warnings, the White House has stated that there has been no tangible reaction from China with regards to Tsai’s transit. White House spokesman John Kirby addressed reporters on the matter, stating that while China has reacted in a rhetorical way, there has been no indication of any other type of reaction.

Despite the lack of military response, China has made its disapproval of Tsai’s visit clear. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning stated in a press briefing that China opposes any form of official exchanges between the U.S. and Taiwan, and urged the U.S. to abide by the One-China principle.

This principle asserts that there is only one China, which includes Taiwan, and that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China. The U.S. has not officially recognised Taiwan as a separate country since 1979, when it established diplomatic relations with China.

Despite the One-China policy, the U.S. has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan and is a key ally of the island nation. In recent years, the U.S. has increased its support for Taiwan, including approving arms sales and sending high-level officials to visit the island.

This has caused tensions to escalate between the U.S. and China, with the latter viewing the U.S.’s actions as interference in its domestic affairs. The U.S., on the other hand, has argued that it has a duty to support Taiwan and ensure its security.

The lack of military response from China to Tsai’s visit may come as a relief to some, but it does not necessarily mean that tensions between the two countries will ease. China may choose to respond in other ways, such as imposing economic sanctions or increasing military activity near Taiwan.