STEADFAST:‘It’s not just Taiwan anymore, but it certainly includes Taiwan,’ the US secetary of defense said in an assessment of China’s threat to the region
By: William Lowther / Staff Reporter in Washington
“Our treaty obligations to Taiwan are very strong — we’re constantly adjusting them,” Carter testified before the US House Committee on Appropriations.
Committee chairman Harold Rogers asked Carter if China’s recent actions — “procuring aircraft carriers, submarines, amphibious assault capabilities, making territorial claims to shoals and reefs in the South and East China Seas” — threatened the US’ ability to “live up” to its treaty obligations to Taiwan.
Carter replied: “Well, no.”
“Obviously, the more the threat grows from China, the more we have to adjust on both our operational approach and our technical approach,” he said. [FULL STORY]