Taiwan: China’s consideration of US discussed by expert
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China and Taiwan are on the brink of war after a record-breaking 38 Chinese military planes have been spotted in Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Beijing has warned “war may be triggered at any time” and asked Taiwan’s democratic allies if they want to “become cannon fodder”.
Now, the Chinese military has warned it will “resolutely crush” any attempt to split Taiwan from China.
In a PLA’s daily commentary on Tuesday, the military express its confidence at “thwarting all external interference and separatist acts of ‘Taiwan independence.”
They continued: “If the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces dared to split Taiwan from China in any name and by any means, the People’s Liberation Army will resolutely crush it at all costs.”
This comes after the Chinese military performed several military drills and combat exercise training in southern Fujian, a province directly across the sea from Taiwan.
Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen
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Over the weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Taiwan’s “independence separatism” was the “biggest obstacle” to reunification with China.
He added that reunification by “peaceful means” would best “serve the interests of the nation as a whole”.
However, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said the island and the mainland should not be “subordinate to each other”.
She added that Taiwan would “resist annexation or encroachment upon our sovereignty”.
Taiwan has long been a tense subject for China since a separate government was established on the island following the Chinese Civil War in 1949.
The nation remains an important ally of Western countries.
Fears have erupted over recent months that, under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing will use military force to reunify Taiwan with mainland China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said in May: “I wish to emphasise that abiding by the One China principle is one of the things that is key to China-Australia relations.
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“Taiwan is a part of Chinese territory which cannot be separated.
“The Taiwan issue is entirely China’s internal affair and is related to China’s core interests and we won’t accept any external forces meddling or interfering in this.”
More than 140 Chinese air force planes have been reported in Taiwan air space over a four-day period since October 1.
Days later, the US urged China to stop its military activities near Taiwan.
US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, said: “The United States is very concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan which is destabilising, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping
Back in March, Taiwan angered China after it requested the name of its mission in the US capital be changed from “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” to “Taiwan Representative Office”.
This move angered Beijing who claims the self-ruled island is part of its sovereign territory.
According to the Financial Times, seven of Taipei’s missions in countries without diplomatic recognition had “Taiwan” or “Republic of China” removed from their names as they face pressure from Beijing.
In July, Taiwan opened an office in Lithuania called the “Taiwanese Representative Office”.
However, Beijing subsequently recalled its ambassador to Vilnius and ordered Lithuania to recall its ambassador to China.