The United States and Australia are dealing with a “range of contingencies” in case of military dispute with China over its policies towards Taiwan, according to a leading United States diplomat in Canberra.
In an interview with the The Australian National University’s (ANU nationwide security podcast on Thursday, the most senior United States diplomat in Australia, Michael Goldman, stated the 2 nations were “committed as allies.”
He stated they were working to make their “militaries interoperable” and likewise in tactical preparation.
“And when you look at strategic planning, it covers the range of contingencies… of which Taiwan is obviously an important component,” Goldman included.
He stated the United States was focused not just on possible military intervention in Taiwan, however likewise threats such as cyber attacks.
Concern has actually been growing over China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific area and its growing stress with Taiwan.
Taiwan has its own independent and democratically chosen federal government, however Beijing however declares sovereignty over the island.
The United States has actually consistently condemned Beijing for its position on Taiwan, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month informing top Chinese diplomats in an in person conference that the United States means to safeguard the “rules-based order.”
Goldman, the United States embassy’s charge d’affaires, likewise informed the ANU there was “enormous respect” for Australia for withstanding China’s “economic coercion.”
He stated the United States and China would not see considerable enhancements in its relationship “while it’s holding hostage the economies of our partner nations.”