The US and Chinese navies are both holding aircraft carrier drills in the waters off China's coast as Washington postures as standing up to Beijing's "aggression".
China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan's air defence zone on Wednesday in a stepped up show of force around the island Beijing claims as its own, and Taiwan's foreign minister said it would fight to the end if China attacks. "In the last few weeks, we have been speaking to like-minded countries, including Japan, the United States, India etcetera, and India fortunately has been able to provide some Covaxin vaccines to Paraguay", he said, referring to a shot developed by India's Bharat Biotech and a state research institute.
"We are willing to defend ourselves, that's without any question", Wu told reporters.
Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken flew to Europe to press US allies on the need to close ranks against China.
China's Foreign Ministry then denied the claims and said they were part of a "disinformation campaign originating in Taiwan". The United States has expressed concern about China's movements, and said its commitment to Taiwan is "rock solid".
On Sunday, the South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI) think tank reported that the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt had entered the South China Sea via the southern Strait of Malacca.
According to information published by Nikkei Asia on April 6, 2021, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and five escort vessels have passed through a key waterway off Japan on their way to the Pacific Ocean.
Washington, Taiwan's most important worldwide backer and arms supplier, has been pushing Taipei to modernize its military so it can become a "porcupine", hard for China to attack.
Wu said they were determined to improve their military capabilities and spend more on defense.
Speaking in parliament, Taiwan's Deputy Defence Minister Chang Che-ping said the Chinese carrier's movements were being closely followed, and described its drills as routine.
"The defense of Taiwan is our responsibility". The Type 055 destroyers, also called the Renhai-class, have a multi-mission design; the combination of sensors and weapons suggests the main role of area air defense, with anti-submarine warfare capabilities which surpass previous Chinese surface combatant ships.
Taiwan's Defence Ministry said it will run eight days of computer-aided war games this month, simulating a Chinese attack.
A second phase, including live fire drills, will happen in July.