Taiwan could cause a military conflict with China: FM
Taipei [Taiwan]Jun 25 (ANI): Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu said China’s growing military threat to Taipei indicates the need to prepare the autonomous islands for possible military conflict.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Wu said, “As Taiwanese decision-makers, we cannot seize the opportunity. We need to be prepared … if the Chinese government says it will not give up the use of force, it will conduct military exercises. Issued after Taiwan reported the largest daily invasion of Chinese military aircraft into the self-proclaimed Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). 28 Chinese military aircraft invasions, including fighter and bomber planes, were carried out by the Chinese people. It was viewed as a sign of strength by the Liberation Army (PLA).
Mr. Wu was accused by China of being a “stubborn separatist” after saying at a press conference last month that he would fight “until the last day” if Taiwan were attacked by China.
In response, Wu told CNN that he was “honored” to be the target of the Beijing Communist Party authorities. “Authoritarianism cannot tolerate the truth. If they keep saying that they want to haunt me for the rest of my life, I don’t worry, ”he said.
Mr. Wu also said Taiwan could not accept unity with China. The events in Hong Kong in particular have shown the importance of defending Taiwan’s sovereignty in order to defend its position as the only Chinese-speaking democracy in the world.
He said the strict enforcement of Hong Kong’s national security laws, drawn up by the elite of Beijing’s ruling class, has been used to silence the city’s democratic movement. “If you look at the situation in Hong Kong, it’s a modern day tragedy,” said Taiwan’s foreign minister.
Regarding the shutdown of the Hong Kong Apple Daily newspaper, the minister said, “Hong Kong’s Apple Daily is a symbol of independent journalism and the Chinese government’s motive is to break that symbol. It is very sad to see what happens. ”Mr. Wu said Taiwan is already a democracy. He stressed that it is a country.
Mr. Wu also stressed that Taipei was ready to work towards cross-strait peace and urged the Chinese leadership to work together for sustainable and peaceful coexistence.
“For now, it will include Taiwan, which is not operated or ruled by the People’s Republic of China … It is the shared responsibility of Taiwan and China to maintain peaceful and civil relations and to enter into dialogue between them. I think it’s a place, ”he told CNN.
He also accused China of undermining public confidence in the island’s democracy through hybrid warfare. “[China]uses cognitive warfare, disinformation campaigns and military intimidation to scare Taiwanese people, ”he said.
The foreign minister has accused Beijing-sponsored groups of posting fake news articles to divide Taiwan’s population, including a message exaggerating Taiwan’s COVID-19 deaths.
“We have to wage asymmetrical warfare, so we understand that China has to bear a certain cost if it wants to start a war with Taiwan,” he said.
Taiwan and mainland China have been ruled separately since the end of the civil war more than 70 years ago. Despite the fact that the Chinese Communist Party has never ruled a democratic island of around 24 million people, Beijing continues to view Taiwan as an integral part of its territory. The fragile situation arose almost thirty years ago when the then dominant nationalists in Beijing and Taiwan recognized the position of “One China”.
That changed when Taiwan’s current leader, President Tsai Ing-wen, came to power. Tsai and her party opposed what has long been known as the “1992 Consensus” and repeatedly urged Beijing to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty and the wishes of its people.
Recently, a group of Seven Eleven leaders issued a joint statement condemning China on a number of issues, emphasizing the importance of cross-strait peace and stability, and accusing China of “slander”. (ANI)