China Reiterates Strong Opposition to U.S.-Taiwan Military Contact in Response to CNN Interview

Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Tsai became the first Taiwanese leader in decades to confirm the presence of US troops on the island for training purposes and said the threat from Beijing is growing “every day.”

Tsai did not confirm the number of US military personnel in Taiwan, but said “it was not as many as people thought.”

“We have a wide range of cooperation with the United States with the goal of increasing our defense capabilities,” he added.

Taiwan President Says Threat From China Increases 'Every Day' And Confirms Presence Of US Military Trainers On Island

When asked about Tsai’s comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stressed the importance of the “One China” principle as the foundation of US-China relations, and accused the United States of destabilize the region by “flexing its muscles” in the Taiwan Strait. and warned that “Taiwan’s independence is a dead end.”

This story is breaking down and will be updated.

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