14 Oct. 2021 22:08 o’clock
As tensions between China and the US continue to rise, the Taiwanese defense minister stressed that “the enemy will be met with full force” if “movements” occur. Meanwhile, Russia said it “regards Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China”.
As tensions between East and West continue to build, the United States continues to supply and have arms to Taiwan like that Wall Street Journal confirmed a few days ago, a contingent of US Marines stationed on site to train the local armed forces. On Thursday, amid tensions, Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said Taiwan would not go to war with China, but instead, according to a report from Reuters will defend “fully”. Chiu said at a meeting of the parliamentary committee:
“What is clearest is that there is no way the Republic of China (Taiwan) will start or start a war, but if there is any movement we will face the enemy with full force.”
Taiwan, a major semiconductor manufacturer, has repeatedly stated that it will defend itself if attacked, but that it will not act “rashly” to maintain the status quo with China.
Military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, are as strong as they have been in more than 40 years, Chiu said last week, adding that by 2025, China will be able to invade “on a grand scale.” “to perform. He spoke after China entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on October 1 for four consecutive days. This is part of a pattern that Taipei sees as heightened military harassment from Beijing.
No shots were fired and China’s planes stayed well away from Taiwanese airspace, concentrating their activities on the southwest corner of the Taiwanese air defense zone. In a report to parliament before Chius’ appearance before the legislature, the ministry warned China against tough countermeasures should its armed forces get too close to the island.
China on Wednesday called its military activities “just” to protect peace and stability and again blamed Taiwan’s “collusion” with foreign powers – a veiled reference to the United States – for sowing tensions. China’s embassy in Washington also said it had complained to the US government about a meeting between Taiwan’s de facto ambassador and senior US diplomats and the visit of Taiwanese Army Chief Hsu Yen-pu to the US. According to the message:
“The US should not fool itself into seeking China’s support and cooperation while wantonly challenging China’s red line on Taiwan.”
Earlier this week, Chiu said Hsu was not on a secret trip to the United States, but as part of a regular annual exchange, Taiwan’s official said Central News Agentur.
In the midst of the escalating rhetoric between China and the US on the Taiwan issue, Russia has also made its position clear. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made Moscow’s position on this matter unmistakably clear and stated that Russia is sticking to its position that the island belongs to China. According to the news agency Interfax Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday:
“Just like the overwhelming majority of other countries, Russia regards Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China. That is the premise that we and will continue to base our policies on.”
The statement was in response to a press question on whether the growing geopolitical tensions over Taiwan pose a regional security threat that Russia is concerned about. His statement about the “overwhelming majority” of nations who share the same view as Russia is certainly true, as Washington technically falls into the same category, while only 14 countries now have diplomatic relations with Taipei.
Lavrov indicated just a few days ago that the Kremlin was watching developments with growing concern. Speaking at a defense conference last week, he said: “The Indo-Pacific concept aims to break this system that was based on the need to respect the indivisibility of security.” He was referring to the recent efforts of the US to form a coalition within the “quad” nations of Australia, India and Japan, which allegedly aims to maintain a “free and open Indo-Pacific”.
Lavrov accused this US policy of “openly declaring that its main goal was to contain China”. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian welcomed the statements and Russian contribution to the problems in the South China Sea, and shortly thereafter praised the statements as “really well worded”. He said, “Lavrov’s views reflect the shared concern of the vast majority of ASEAN countries.”
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