“communication channels between the countries’ armed forces have fallen largely silent, Chinese experts say.” South China Morning Post Reports
Global Times also provides some extra commentary
Robert Clouse, a disabled Veteran at Cincinnati, OH (2000-present), details Tawian U.S. military relations on Quora
Actually Taiwan has had military connection to the U.S. since the December of 1954!
From 1954 to 1979, the United States Taiwan Defense Command existed, with its headquarters in Taipei.
United States Taiwan Defense Command – Wikipedia
It had 30,000 troops from Combined Arms and branches
The U.S. didn’t completely leave in 1979, and the Taiwanese military shares it’s bases with American personnel.
Most of the military equipment Tiawan has is top of the line U.S. equipment, and they can provide service and even rearm American equipment of war, army, navy, or even airforce. The only thing Taiwan doesn’t have is U.S. nuclear weapons!
But it doesn’t need it, as it is protected under the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
The U.S. Air protection of Taiwan is based in the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan, just as it was as far back as 1954!
The U.S. Law providing it is the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), signed by President Carter in 1979! That includes selling American weapons to Tiawan. The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) continues to provide the legal basis for the unofficial relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan, and enshrines the U.S. commitment to assisting Taiwan maintain its defensive capability.
On December 16, 2015, the Obama administration announced a deal to sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to the Armed Forces of Taiwan, a year and eight months after U.S. Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act Affirmation and Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2014 to allow the sale of Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates to Taiwan. The deal would include the sale of two decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates, anti-tank missiles, Assault Amphibious Vehicles, and FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, amid the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
The U.S. is still very involved and prepared to defend Tiawan, and has been that way long before Trump got into office! Even Obama would have fought the PRC to defend Tiawan from a attack by the PRC!
The U.S. still has the Six Assurances with Taiwan!
Six Assurances – Wikipedia
Interesting comments from ZeroHedge..