Michael Goldman, current US diplomat in Canberra, reported during The interview Last Thursday (1) that Australia and the United States are working on “contingencies” if there is a dispute over Taiwan.
“I think we are committed and allied to work together, not only to keep our armed forces working and working well together, but also in strategic planning,” Goldman said.
“And when you look at the strategic plan, it covers the range of contingencies you mentioned, of which Taiwan is clearly an important component,” the diplomat said.
Continued threats to Taiwan by the Communist Party of China (CCP) increased even more last year, as President Tsai Ing-wen re-elected in Taiwan.
In recent months, Chinese military jets have made almost daily entrances to Taiwan’s airspace, the largest of which was in late March, when 20 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense detection zone.
In December 2020, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu requested Australia to protect democracy and help the island against potential threats.
“I see that like-minded countries like Japan, Australia, India and America can also work together to stop China,” Wu said.
The CCP sees Taiwan as part of its territory and even threatens war to bring the island into its domain. The autonomous island is actually an independent country with its own government, armed forces, constitution and currency.