Self-ruled democratic Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it by force if necessary.
Taipei: Emphasising that the US and Taiwan relations have significantly improved over the past few years, Washington-based think tank 2049 Project Institute's Senior Director Ian Easton stressed that observers are still concerned America is doing "too little too late", a media report said.
Observers believe that the US should have normalised diplomatic relations with Taiwan after it democratised, but Washington never did so because of bureaucratic red tape, Easton said at a Thanksgiving luncheon organised by the Greater Washington Chapter of the Taiwanese Association of America.
He also emphasised that the US should do more to deter a Chinese attack on Taiwan.
Underlining that Washington has a commitment to defend Taipei if Beijing attacks, Easton revealed that most experts are worried about the situation in the Taiwan Strait and are concerned that the current level of US deterrence is ineffective and will not be able to stop China from invading Taiwan, reported Taiwan News citing CNA.
Easton also highlighted that observers are worried if Beijing attempts to seize Taiwan, Washington may lose in a conflict with Beijing.
Whether as a "new cold war" or just a facet of US-China competition, Washington must do something, Taiwan News quoted Easton as saying.
The think-tank director emphasised the current changes and stated that Washington is moving in the right direction, but it is not quick enough. Courtesy: ANI