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Indo-Pacific Command Chief Says US Is 'Ready' to Defend Taiwan

• by Dave DeCamp

The head of US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) said Thursday that the US military has the capability to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion and that it is "ready" to do so at any time.

Adm. John Aquilino told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that US "adversaries" are pushing the narrative that the US and its military are in decline. "I want to be very clear — we have the world's greatest military on the planet," he said. "We are here to continue to operate to ensure peace and prosperity through the region, and we have to be in a position to ensure that status quo remains as it applies to Taiwan."

Tensions are high between the US and China over Taiwan. The US has stepped up its military activity near the island, is taking steps to boost diplomatic relations, and continues to sell weapons to Taipei. This week, the Biden administration approved its first arms sale to Taiwan, $750 million worth of howitzers and related equipment.