Much thanks to controversial hardliner and ultranationalist dictator Xi Jinping for making Taipei the best national capital for democratically elected legislators to visit in 2022. Reportedly the visit from our Japanese cousins is to discuss national security. The 1996 Chinese communist missile tantrum pushed Americans to think more realistically about cooperation with the Taiwanese military. I think the 2022 Chinese communist missile tantrum is doing the same for the Japanese. Ultimately, if allied forces plan to fight together, they need to practice plan and communicate together. This is why I predict the return of Japanese and American military officers to Taiwan Republic. 24.8.2022
“Democratic partners should strengthen their alliance to defend against interference by authoritarian states, and protect regional peace and stability, President Tsai Ing-wen （蔡英文） told delegations from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the Japan-Republic of China Diet Members’ Consultative Council yesterday … At a separate meeting with the Japanese delegation representing more than 260 lawmakers in the council, Tsai reiterated the importance of deepening cooperation with democratic partners … “Taiwan and Japan have over the years formed close ties through suffering and hardship. The friendship and values that the two countries share would only be reaffirmed through more and greater challenges ahead,” she said … Retired US admiral James Ellis, who led the US delegation, said escalating threats to peace and stability for Taiwanese and the Indo-Pacific region, as well as growing challenges to the security of the semiconductor and other supply chains, are causes for concern. … “Now more than ever, we believe it is important for individuals and institutions in the US and other countries to demonstrate support for Taiwan’s right to exist as a self-governing democracy to cooperate with its vibrant private enterprises, particularly in the high-tech sector, and to maintain close connection to and solidarity with Taiwan’s creative and freedom-loving people,” Ellis said … Taiwan’s hard-won status as one of the most liberal democracies of the post-Cold War world is a major reason it enjoys such admiration, as well as broad and deep support in the US and elsewhere, Ellis said.”
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