U.S. commentator urges Trump to support Taiwan amid China's threats

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U.S. commentator urges Trump to support Taiwan amid China's threats

Washington, Jan. 5 (CNA) A U.S. political commentator has urged President Donald Trump to respond to China's recent increasing aggression in the Taiwan Strait by sailing a carrier strike group near Taiwan.

In an editorial published in the Washington Examiner, a Washington-based political journalism website and weekly magazine, Tom Rogan suggested that Trump should "push back against escalating Chinese threats to Taiwan," especially in light of the latest development across the Taiwan Strait in which China unilaterally announced it has opened four new commercial flight routes in the strait this week.

Rogan proposed three courses of action, one of which is to sail "a carrier strike group proximate to Taiwan." That is the most military-related response that he said would "reassure Taiwan, deter China and also offer the U.S. Navy a valuable exercise in near-China operations."

A carrier strike group is, according to the U.S. Navy website, an operational formation of the U.S. Navy that consists "roughly of 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers or frigates, and a carrier air wing of 65 to 70 aircraft," which is an impressive show of military prowess.

Rogan also recommended that Trump conduct the deployment while avoiding a transit through the Taiwan Strait so as to dangle "more aggressive moves in the future" without over-escalating the situation with China.

Rogan's other two suggestions included Trump issuing a statement that the U.S. government "is paying close attention to China's increasing aggression" to put Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) on notice.

He also suggested asking U.S. allies in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East to express their shared concern about what China is doing.

In particular, Rogan mentioned French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to China next week, which he said means the "timing is ripe for positive action."

China sees Taiwan as its province to be reunified one day and has been stepping up pressure on Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen for not recognizing that Taiwan and mainland China are part of one country.

The People's Liberation Army deployed military aircraft 23 times and aircraft carriers twice on training missions not far from Taiwan between August 2016 and December 2017, according to a report by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense.

(By Kuan-lin Liu and Leaf Jiang)

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