- Jose Manuel Romualdez, the Philippine ambassador to the United States, told Nikkei Asia that the Philippines will allow U.S. forces to access military bases in the country if China-Taiwan tensions escalate.
- Under the 2014 EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement), American forces are only allowed to have a rotational, temporary military presence at several bases in the Philippines. The number of visiting U.S. personnel is contingent on "the scale and the frequency of the activities to be approved" by the two countries.
- “Looking ahead, we seek to enhance the posture of our alliance to address new and emerging challenges," a Pentagon spokesperson told Nikkei Asia. “We intend to continue to implement infrastructure projects at current EDCA locations and explore additional sites for further development."
- Romualdez also mentioned that Washington and Manila are currently in talks to increase the number of military bases in the Philippines that U.S. personnel can use, which could possible include a naval base.
Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said the Philippines will allow U.S. forces to access its military bases in the country if China-Taiwan tensions escalate.
In an interview with Nikkei Asia, Romualdez said access to the country’s military bases would be given “if it is important for us, for our own security.”
- Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) announced his arrival in Taiwan and thanked Taiwan’s Director General of the Department of North American Affairs, Douglas Hsu, in a tweet on Sunday.
- Holcomb led a delegation in Taiwan as part of an “economic development trip" to the self-governing island and later to South Korea.
- “I couldn’t be more energized to spend this week building new relationships, reinforcing long time ones and strengthening key sector partnerships with Taiwan and South Korea,” Holcomb said in a statement.
- “This week marks my second trip to South Korea as Governor, and I am also proud to be the first U.S. governor to visit Taiwan since before the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m committed to building an economy of the future with these global partners who are helping propel Indiana forward by creating tomorrow’s businesses, today.”
- The trip came after Taiwan-based chip manufacturing company MediaTek announced its plans to open a design center in Indiana in partnership with Purdue University.
- The Taiwan visit also came after the recent signing of the CHIPS Act, a bipartisan law that would strengthen semiconductor chip manufacturing in the U.S., on Aug. 9.
Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) recently became the latest American politician to visit Taiwan.
Holcomb confirmed his arrival and thanked Taiwan’s Director General of the Department of North American Affairs, Douglas Hsu, in a tweet on Sunday. Holcomb arrived with a delegation, including Indiana’s commerce secretary, as part of an “economic development trip” to Taiwan and South Korea.
- China updated its position on Taiwan in a white paper called "The Taiwan Question and China's Reunification in the New Era,” highlighting President Xi Jinping’s stand on granting even less autonomy to Taiwan should they unify.
- The new paper revealed that the Chinese government is no longer honoring its pledge not to send troops or administrators to Taiwan.
- Instead, the paper now proposes that the nation return to China’s rule under a "one country, two systems" model, the same system that Hong Kong was placed under after the British returned it to Chinese rule in 1997.
- Major political parties in the nation have mostly rejected the "one country, two systems" model. Based on opinion polls, it also has not gained any public support.
- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council has denounced the paper and accused it of being
- "full of lies of wishful thinking and disregarded the facts."
A recently released official document revealed that the Chinese government is no longer honoring its pledge not to send troops or administrators to Taiwan.
China expressed its position in an updated white paper called “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era,” which highlights President Xi Jinping’s stance to grant even less autonomy to Taiwan in the event of Chinese control over the island.
- Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for her “connection” with China comment that was said during a speech in Tokyo on Friday.
- “When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach China, so we've always felt a connection there," Pelosi said.
- Her comment ignited criticism on Twitter, with one user writing, “We are truly led by imbeciles.”
- “Did Nancy Pelosi actually dig all the way from her home to China? Because I would totally get the connection she feels then,” another user tweeted.
- Pelosi led a Congressional delegation consisting of Chairperson Gregory Meeks (D, NY-5), Chairperson Mark Takano (D, CA-41), Congressional representative Suzan DelBene (D, WA-1), Congressional representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL-8) and Congressional representative Andy Kim (D, NJ-3).
- The delegation visited Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan with a stopover in Taiwan on Tuesday, a move condemned by China months before the planned Asia trip.
Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for saying she has always felt a “connection” with China.
During a speech on Friday in Tokyo, the last stop of Pelosi’s recent visit to Asia, Pelosi recalled a childhood memory about China.