President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a videotaped speech during "The Struggle for Freedom" conference held in Texas, U.S.. She spoke about authoritarian regimes undermining democratic systems and how the people of Taiwan have experience fighting for freedom that can be shared with the world.
President Tsai Ing-wen was invited by American think tank National Endowment for Democracy to deliver a videotaped speech during "The Struggle for Freedom" conference. It took place in Texas on Nov. 16. She warned about authoritarian regimes destroying democratic systems and encroaching on human rights and civic spaces, and said that the people of Taiwan have experience struggling for freedom which can be shared with the world.
Tsai Ing-wen, President: “Taiwan is now in the position to share its experience with the world and create alliance, allowing democracies to more effectively deal with crises and counter the threats of authoritarianism.”
Tsai cited the Ukraine-Russia war as proof that "dictatorships will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal of expansionism." Meanwhile, "The Economist" published its guide to the coming year "The World Ahead 2023" and the cover featured global leaders including U.S. President Joe Biden and Tsai. Taiwan may be raising its international profile, but tensions remain sky-high across the Taiwan Strait and there is a lot of guessing about whether a war will break out. U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping is a "rational actor" and he would conclude that attacking Taiwan in the near future would be an excessive risk and an unwise decision.
Mark Milley, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “You've got very complex terrain with mountains. Most of Taiwan is a mountainous island. So it's a very, very difficult military objective, a very difficult military operation to execute. We watch it closely. We are militarily prepared, and one of the keys now is to make sure that Taiwan can defend itself.”
Milley also said he believes it will be some time before the Chinese have the military capability to attack Taiwan and the U.S. is militarily prepared. He added that it would be a political, geopolitical, and strategic mistake for China to attack Taiwan in the near future. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress' U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended that the Congress enact legislation creating a permanent interagency committee in the executive branch charged with developing options and creating plans for the imposition of sanctions or other economic measures in a range of possible scenarios, including but not limited to a Chinese attack, blockade, or other hostile action against Taiwan, as well as reviewing the bilateral trade relationship.