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> From Taiwan to the South China Sea, Beijing has been parading its military across the Pacific. And now, a new Reuters can reveal Taipei has been quietly responding, actively, but discreetly expanding security ties with major Indo-Pacific powers. As well as a long-standing security relationship with the US, Taiwan has been developing new and unofficial security and intelligence ties with Japan, India, Australia, and Singapore.
And it's all with a view to an expanding China, Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway province. And President Xi Jinping warned in March, China won't tolerate, quote, separatist activities. But as Reuters Greg Tiroud reports, Taipei's efforts are starting to bear fruit.>> It's fair to say that whether it's a New Delhi, Tokyo, or Canberra, that there's far greater awareness of the importance of Taiwan in the broader regional picture now.
Countries are becoming alarmed at China's military rise, they're becoming..." even more aware of China's presence in places like the South Pacific, where Taiwan traditionally is quite strong. There's a real interest in both Taiwan and other countries to try to figure out what's going on.>> The efforts are being kept low key to avoid causing further friction with Beijing.
But they extend to sharing information with New Delhi on Chinese troop movements along India's border. And potentially engaging Japanese submarine experts and Taiwanese naval program. Taipei has been doing this as Beijing's been peeling away the few nations that still officially recognize Taiwan as separate to China.>> If China was ever to control Taiwan, that would really change the sort of strategic picture in the region.
And really complicate the US ability to project force into the so-called first island chain that effectively humps China in.>> Analysts say Australia may be the more reluctant regional player, and that any increase security corporation would likely involve information sharing rather than technology. Australia´s government declined to comment.