Taiwan has been a point of contention between China and the USA since 1949, when the Communists won the civil war against the Kuomintang, and the USA helped evacuate the defeated nationalists to the island, previously liberated from 50 years of Japanese rule.
For decades, the USA recognized Taipei as the ‘Republic of China,’ until it switched the recognition to Beijing in 1978.
The People’s Republic of China has pointed to Taiwan’s status as Chinese territory for over 200 years before it was ceded to Japan as a war trophy in 1895.
Beijing seeks to reunite what it calls a renegade island with the mainland, preferably by peaceful means.
Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen said she had faith the Biden administration would ride to Taipei’s defense in case of an attack from the mainland, and even confirmed US troops had a presence on the island.
According to CNN, the Pentagon has confirmed the presence of 32 military personnel in Taiwan, up from 10 in 2018.
The network wasn’t clear whether this was due to an increase in the number of Marines guarding the de facto US embassy in Taipei, or if they were military advisers that came as part of some $5 billion worth of weapons contracts.
The government in Taipei believes that China could invade by 2025 and has embarked on a program of military modernization and developing asymmetric capability.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on all UN member states to come together and support Taiwan’s participation in the body.
Beijing considers Taiwan to be an inalienable part of China, and has frequently reiterated its demands for Western parties, notably the US and Britain, to refrain for provoking Beijing over issues relating to it.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.