The military also commented on the need for Seoul to join forces with Washington to defend the island.
US military commander in Korea Paul LaCamera said on Monday that Washington is considering a plan to support Taiwan’s defense in the event of an alleged Chinese invasion of the island.
Asked about South Korea’s possible role in the Taipei-related crisis at a symposium organized by the Institute of Korean-American Studies, the military official said he was working on one. “Contingency Plan” Clearly remarked on the need for Seoul to join forces with Washington to deal with any potential threat and for China’s invasion of Taiwan.
“The ROK fought together with the US in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan,” he explained. “It is important to remember the fact that the Republic of Korea-US alliance goes beyond resistance against Pyongyang and extends under surveillance against China and Russia,” he said. He also highlighted the importance of learning lessons from the devastating impact of the conflict in Ukraine on the global economy and supply chains.
This is the first time a US Forces Korea commander has mentioned the need for US forces to respond to a suspected Chinese attack.
Along these lines, US President Joe Biden said last Sunday that his country would defend Taiwan from a military conflict with Beijing. When his interlocutor asked him whether, unlike the conflict in Ukraine, “US military, American men and women” would defend the island “in the event of a Chinese invasion”, the president replied in the affirmative. “Yes, in case of an unprecedented attack,” he said.
Tensions around Taiwan resurfaced in August due to a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei. In response, the Asian giant launched “unprecedented” large-scale military exercises and training activities, including live-fire exercises in the sea and airspace in six areas around the island.