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  • >>> WE ARE BACK WITH OUR WORLD

  • >>> WE ARE BACK WITH OUR WORLD

  • >>> WE ARE BACK WITH OUR WORLD LEAD.

  • LEAD.

  • LEAD. A CNN EXCLUSIVE, YOU HEARD

  • A CNN EXCLUSIVE, YOU HEARD

  • A CNN EXCLUSIVE, YOU HEARD PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PROMISE DURING

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PROMISE DURING

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PROMISE DURING HIS CNN TOWN HALL, THE UNITED

  • HIS CNN TOWN HALL, THE UNITED

  • HIS CNN TOWN HALL, THE UNITED STATES, HE SAID, WILL DEFEND

  • STATES, HE SAID, WILL DEFEND

  • STATES, HE SAID, WILL DEFEND TAIWAN IF IT IS ATTACKED BY

  • TAIWAN IF IT IS ATTACKED BY

  • TAIWAN IF IT IS ATTACKED BY CHINA.

  • CHINA.

  • CHINA. THE WHITE HOUSE LATER WALKED

  • THE WHITE HOUSE LATER WALKED

  • THE WHITE HOUSE LATER WALKED BACK THOSE REMARKS BUT NOW

  • BACK THOSE REMARKS BUT NOW

  • BACK THOSE REMARKS BUT NOW TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT TELLS CNN SHE

  • TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT TELLS CNN SHE

  • TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT TELLS CNN SHE IS CONFIDENT THE U.S. WOULD STEP

  • IS CONFIDENT THE U.S. WOULD STEP

  • IS CONFIDENT THE U.S. WOULD STEP UP IF BEIJING TRIED TO MAKE A

  • UP IF BEIJING TRIED TO MAKE A

  • UP IF BEIJING TRIED TO MAKE A MOVE ON THE DEMOCRATIC ISLAND.

  • MOVE ON THE DEMOCRATIC ISLAND.

  • MOVE ON THE DEMOCRATIC ISLAND. THOSE COMMENTS COMING FROM THE

  • THOSE COMMENTS COMING FROM THE

  • THOSE COMMENTS COMING FROM THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL

  • PRESIDENT'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL

  • PRESIDENT'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL TV INTERVIEW IN NEARLY TWO YEARS

  • TV INTERVIEW IN NEARLY TWO YEARS

  • TV INTERVIEW IN NEARLY TWO YEARS WHERE SHE ALSO TELLS OUR WILL

  • WHERE SHE ALSO TELLS OUR WILL

  • WHERE SHE ALSO TELLS OUR WILL RIPLEY THE THREAT FROM CHINA IS

  • RIPLEY THE THREAT FROM CHINA IS

  • RIPLEY THE THREAT FROM CHINA IS INCREASING EVERY SINGLE DAY.

  • INCREASING EVERY SINGLE DAY.

  • INCREASING EVERY SINGLE DAY. >> Reporter: AT THIS TEMPLE IN

  • >> Reporter: AT THIS TEMPLE IN

  • >> Reporter: AT THIS TEMPLE IN TAIPEI, PRAYER AND POLITICS GO

  • TAIPEI, PRAYER AND POLITICS GO

  • TAIPEI, PRAYER AND POLITICS GO HAND IN HAND FOR TAIWAN

  • HAND IN HAND FOR TAIWAN

  • HAND IN HAND FOR TAIWAN PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN.

  • PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN.

  • PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN. >> NORMALLY WHEN I GO TO THE

  • >> NORMALLY WHEN I GO TO THE

  • >> NORMALLY WHEN I GO TO THE TEMPLE, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF

  • TEMPLE, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF

  • TEMPLE, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THERE.

  • PEOPLE THERE.

  • PEOPLE THERE. I WILL SHAKE HANDS WITH EACH ONE

  • I WILL SHAKE HANDS WITH EACH ONE

  • I WILL SHAKE HANDS WITH EACH ONE OF THEM.

  • OF THEM.

  • OF THEM. >> PEOPLE ARE REMARKABLY HAPPY,

  • >> PEOPLE ARE REMARKABLY HAPPY,

  • >> PEOPLE ARE REMARKABLY HAPPY, AT EASE.

  • AT EASE.

  • AT EASE. >> YOU HAVE TO GET A SENSE THAT

  • >> YOU HAVE TO GET A SENSE THAT

  • >> YOU HAVE TO GET A SENSE THAT THERE'S SOMEBODY THERE TO TAKE

  • THERE'S SOMEBODY THERE TO TAKE

  • THERE'S SOMEBODY THERE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

  • CARE OF THEM.

  • CARE OF THEM. >> Reporter: ELECTED IN 2016,

  • >> Reporter: ELECTED IN 2016,

  • >> Reporter: ELECTED IN 2016, TSAI WON RE-ELECTION BY A

  • TSAI WON RE-ELECTION BY A

  • TSAI WON RE-ELECTION BY A LANDSLIDE LAST YEAR ON A PROMISE

  • LANDSLIDE LAST YEAR ON A PROMISE

  • LANDSLIDE LAST YEAR ON A PROMISE TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE FROM WHAT

  • TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE FROM WHAT

  • TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE FROM WHAT SHE CALLS A GROWING THREAT

  • SHE CALLS A GROWING THREAT

  • SHE CALLS A GROWING THREAT ACROSS THE TAIWAN STRAIT.

  • ACROSS THE TAIWAN STRAIT.

  • ACROSS THE TAIWAN STRAIT. IS TAIWAN MORE SAFE TODAY THAN

  • IS TAIWAN MORE SAFE TODAY THAN

  • IS TAIWAN MORE SAFE TODAY THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU BECAME PRESIDENT

  • IT WAS WHEN YOU BECAME PRESIDENT

  • IT WAS WHEN YOU BECAME PRESIDENT IN 2016?

  • IN 2016?

  • IN 2016? >> IF IT'S A THREAT FROM CHINA,

  • >> IF IT'S A THREAT FROM CHINA,

  • >> IF IT'S A THREAT FROM CHINA, IT'S INCREASING EVERY DAY.

  • IT'S INCREASING EVERY DAY.

  • IT'S INCREASING EVERY DAY. >> Reporter: THE MAINLAND'S

  • >> Reporter: THE MAINLAND'S

  • >> Reporter: THE MAINLAND'S MASSIVE MILITARY, 2 MILLION

  • MASSIVE MILITARY, 2 MILLION

  • MASSIVE MILITARY, 2 MILLION STRONG, MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER.

  • STRONG, MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER.

  • STRONG, MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER. CHINA FLEW 150 WAR PLANES NEAR

  • CHINA FLEW 150 WAR PLANES NEAR

  • CHINA FLEW 150 WAR PLANES NEAR TAIWAN IN JUST FIVE DAYS THIS

  • TAIWAN IN JUST FIVE DAYS THIS

  • TAIWAN IN JUST FIVE DAYS THIS MONTH.

  • MONTH.

  • MONTH. THIS DEMOCRACY OF MORE THAN 23

  • THIS DEMOCRACY OF MORE THAN 23

  • THIS DEMOCRACY OF MORE THAN 23 MILLION GOVERNED SEPARATELY FROM

  • MILLION GOVERNED SEPARATELY FROM

  • MILLION GOVERNED SEPARATELY FROM THE MAINLAND FOR MORE THAN 70

  • THE MAINLAND FOR MORE THAN 70

  • THE MAINLAND FOR MORE THAN 70 YEARS SINCE THE END OF CHINA'S

  • YEARS SINCE THE END OF CHINA'S

  • YEARS SINCE THE END OF CHINA'S CIVIL WAR, STILL SEEN AS A

  • CIVIL WAR, STILL SEEN AS A

  • CIVIL WAR, STILL SEEN AS A BREAKAWAY PROMISE IN THE EYES OF

  • BREAKAWAY PROMISE IN THE EYES OF

  • BREAKAWAY PROMISE IN THE EYES OF BEIJING'S COMMUNIST RULERS WHO

  • BEIJING'S COMMUNIST RULERS WHO

  • BEIJING'S COMMUNIST RULERS WHO HAVE NEVER CONTROLLED THE

  • HAVE NEVER CONTROLLED THE

  • HAVE NEVER CONTROLLED THE ISLAND.

  • ISLAND.

  • ISLAND. CHINA HAS PRESSURED MOST OF THE

  • CHINA HAS PRESSURED MOST OF THE

  • CHINA HAS PRESSURED MOST OF THE WORLD TO SEVER FORMAL DIPLOMATIC

  • WORLD TO SEVER FORMAL DIPLOMATIC

  • WORLD TO SEVER FORMAL DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH TAIPEI.

  • TIES WITH TAIPEI.

  • TIES WITH TAIPEI. CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING

  • CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING

  • CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SAYS REUNIFICATION IS ONLY A

  • SAYS REUNIFICATION IS ONLY A

  • SAYS REUNIFICATION IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.

  • MATTER OF TIME.

  • MATTER OF TIME. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SPEAKING

  • ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SPEAKING

  • ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SPEAKING WITH PRESIDENT XI?

  • WITH PRESIDENT XI?

  • WITH PRESIDENT XI? WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE MORE

  • WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE MORE

  • WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE MORE COMMUNICATION WITH HIM?

  • COMMUNICATION WITH HIM?

  • COMMUNICATION WITH HIM? >> WELL, MORE COMMUNICATION

  • >> WELL, MORE COMMUNICATION

  • >> WELL, MORE COMMUNICATION WOULD BE HELPFUL SO THAT WE

  • WOULD BE HELPFUL SO THAT WE

  • WOULD BE HELPFUL SO THAT WE WOULD REDUCE MISUNDERSTANDING

  • WOULD REDUCE MISUNDERSTANDING

  • WOULD REDUCE MISUNDERSTANDING GIVEN OUR DIFFERENCES.

  • GIVEN OUR DIFFERENCES.

  • GIVEN OUR DIFFERENCES. DIFFERENCES IN TERMS OF OUR

  • DIFFERENCES IN TERMS OF OUR

  • DIFFERENCES IN TERMS OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEMS.

  • POLITICAL SYSTEMS.

  • POLITICAL SYSTEMS. WE CAN SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT

  • WE CAN SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT

  • WE CAN SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT OUR DIFFERENCES AND TRY TO MAKE

  • OUR DIFFERENCES AND TRY TO MAKE

  • OUR DIFFERENCES AND TRY TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT SO THAT WE WILL BE

  • ARRANGEMENT SO THAT WE WILL BE

  • ARRANGEMENT SO THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO CO-EXIST PEACEFULLY.

  • ABLE TO CO-EXIST PEACEFULLY.

  • ABLE TO CO-EXIST PEACEFULLY. >> YOUR PREDECESSOR DID MEET

  • >> YOUR PREDECESSOR DID MEET

  • >> YOUR PREDECESSOR DID MEET WITH PRESIDENT XI.

  • WITH PRESIDENT XI.

  • WITH PRESIDENT XI. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THINGS --

  • WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THINGS --

  • WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THINGS -- THE COMMUNICATION HAS REALLY

  • THE COMMUNICATION HAS REALLY

  • THE COMMUNICATION HAS REALLY GONE SOUTH SINCE 2016?

  • GONE SOUTH SINCE 2016?

  • GONE SOUTH SINCE 2016? >> WELL, I THINK THE SITUATION

  • >> WELL, I THINK THE SITUATION

  • >> WELL, I THINK THE SITUATION HAS CHANGED A LOT.

  • HAS CHANGED A LOT.

  • HAS CHANGED A LOT. AND CHINA'S PLAN TOWARDS THE

  • AND CHINA'S PLAN TOWARDS THE

  • AND CHINA'S PLAN TOWARDS THE REGION IS VERY DIFFERENT.

  • REGION IS VERY DIFFERENT.

  • REGION IS VERY DIFFERENT. >> THAT PLAN INCLUDES MORE

  • >> THAT PLAN INCLUDES MORE

  • >> THAT PLAN INCLUDES MORE THREATS OVER TAIWAN.

  • THREATS OVER TAIWAN.

  • THREATS OVER TAIWAN. CLASHES WITH JAPAN AND THE EAST

  • CLASHES WITH JAPAN AND THE EAST

  • CLASHES WITH JAPAN AND THE EAST CHINA SEA.

  • CHINA SEA.

  • CHINA SEA. AND MILITARIZING MANMADE ISLANDS

  • AND MILITARIZING MANMADE ISLANDS

  • AND MILITARIZING MANMADE ISLANDS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

  • IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

  • IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. POSING A DIRECT CHALLENGE TO

  • POSING A DIRECT CHALLENGE TO

  • POSING A DIRECT CHALLENGE TO SEVEN DECADES OF U.S. MILITARY

  • SEVEN DECADES OF U.S. MILITARY

  • SEVEN DECADES OF U.S. MILITARY SUPREMACY IN THE INDO-PACIFIC.

  • SUPREMACY IN THE INDO-PACIFIC.

  • SUPREMACY IN THE INDO-PACIFIC. IN RESPONSE, THE U.S. RAMPED UP

  • IN RESPONSE, THE U.S. RAMPED UP

  • IN RESPONSE, THE U.S. RAMPED UP ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN.

  • ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN.

  • ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN. SELLING THE ISLAND $5 BILLION IN

  • SELLING THE ISLAND $5 BILLION IN

  • SELLING THE ISLAND $5 BILLION IN WEAPONS LAST YEAR.

  • WEAPONS LAST YEAR.

  • WEAPONS LAST YEAR. PRESIDENT TSAI CONFIRMS TO CNN,

  • PRESIDENT TSAI CONFIRMS TO CNN,

  • PRESIDENT TSAI CONFIRMS TO CNN, U.S. SUPPORT GOES BEYOND SELLING

  • U.S. SUPPORT GOES BEYOND SELLING

  • U.S. SUPPORT GOES BEYOND SELLING WEAPONS.

  • WEAPONS.

  • WEAPONS. >> DOES THAT SUPPORT INCLUDE

  • >> DOES THAT SUPPORT INCLUDE

  • >> DOES THAT SUPPORT INCLUDE SENDING SOME U.S. SERVICE

  • SENDING SOME U.S. SERVICE

  • SENDING SOME U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS TO HELP TRAIN TAIWANESE

  • MEMBERS TO HELP TRAIN TAIWANESE

  • MEMBERS TO HELP TRAIN TAIWANESE TROOPS?

  • TROOPS?

  • TROOPS? >> WELL, YES.

  • >> WELL, YES.

  • >> WELL, YES. WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF

  • WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF

  • WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF COOPERATION WITH THE U.S.

  • COOPERATION WITH THE U.S.

  • COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. AIMED AT INCREASING OUR DEFENSE

  • AIMED AT INCREASING OUR DEFENSE

  • AIMED AT INCREASING OUR DEFENSE CAPABILITY.

  • CAPABILITY.

  • CAPABILITY. >> HOW MANY U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS

  • >> HOW MANY U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS

  • >> HOW MANY U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS ARE DEPLOYED IN TAIWAN RIGHT

  • ARE DEPLOYED IN TAIWAN RIGHT

  • ARE DEPLOYED IN TAIWAN RIGHT NOW?

  • NOW?

  • NOW? >> NOT AS MANY AS PEOPLE

  • >> NOT AS MANY AS PEOPLE

  • >> NOT AS MANY AS PEOPLE THOUGHT.

  • THOUGHT.

  • THOUGHT. >> Reporter: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

  • >> Reporter: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

  • >> Reporter: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT RECORDS SHOW THE NUMBER OF U.S.

  • RECORDS SHOW THE NUMBER OF U.S.

  • RECORDS SHOW THE NUMBER OF U.S. TROOPS IN TAIWAN INCREASED FROM

  • TROOPS IN TAIWAN INCREASED FROM

  • TROOPS IN TAIWAN INCREASED FROM 10 IN 2018 TO 32 EARLIER THIS

  • 10 IN 2018 TO 32 EARLIER THIS

  • 10 IN 2018 TO 32 EARLIER THIS YEAR.

  • YEAR.

  • YEAR. THE STATE DEPARTMENT ASKED FOR

  • THE STATE DEPARTMENT ASKED FOR

  • THE STATE DEPARTMENT ASKED FOR MORE MARINES TO SAFEGUARD THE

  • MORE MARINES TO SAFEGUARD THE

  • MORE MARINES TO SAFEGUARD THE UNOFFICIAL U.S. EMBASSY IN

  • UNOFFICIAL U.S. EMBASSY IN

  • UNOFFICIAL U.S. EMBASSY IN TAIPEI.

  • TAIPEI.

  • TAIPEI. ANY U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN

  • ANY U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN

  • ANY U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN TAIWAN, BIG OR SMALL, IS

  • TAIWAN, BIG OR SMALL, IS

  • TAIWAN, BIG OR SMALL, IS PERCEIVED BY BEIJING AS AN ACT

  • PERCEIVED BY BEIJING AS AN ACT