Taipei: After establishing defence ties with the United States, Taiwan has now decided to participate in the collaboration of the Indo-Pacific region. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen announced that Taiwan would cooperate with the United States and Japan for the peace, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. A few days ago, the Taiwanese military officials had attended that a security meeting held at the Hawaiian Islands in the Indo-Pacific.
Last week, a group of analysts and scholars from the United States and Japan visited Taiwan and met with President Tsai. In the meeting, President Tsai expressed her willingness to participate in the tripartite cooperation with the United States and Japan. “Respecting the ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific policy of the United States, Taiwan is willing to cooperate with the United States and Japan. Expanding cooperation with the countries would assist in establishing peace and stability in the region,” Tsai announced.
President Tsai informed that the United States, Japan and Taiwan had established cooperation in some critical sectors. ‘These include, financial empowerment for women, cyber-security, corruption and action against drugs. Apart from that, Taiwan will establish cooperation with the United States and Japan in the Indo-Pacific region as well’, Tsai said.
Nearly a year ago, the United States renamed its Pacific Command (USPACOM) to Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM). The United States had indicated forming a significant front involving India, Australia and Japan, in the region, given the growing Chinese influence. Additionally, the announcement of Taiwanese President Tsai stating that Taiwan would join the front comes as a significant challenge to China.
China has always claimed Taiwan to be its sovereign territory. Nevertheless, without paying any heed to the Chinese claim, the Trump administration has expanded military cooperation with Taiwan. Last week, the United States indicated that it considered Taiwan as an independent country.