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Taiwan president warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if island falls to China
Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘do whatever it takes to defend itself’ against an increasingly assertive Beijing
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen said if the island “were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace”
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen said if the island “were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace” Photograph: Ann Wang/Reuters

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Taiwan is committed to defending its democracy against an increasingly aggressive China, the island’s president has vowed, warning of “catastrophic consequences” for the region should it fall.
The comments from Tsai Ing-wen, in an essay published on Tuesday, came amid record-breaking incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defence zone. On Tuesday Taiwan’s premier, Su Tseng-chang, said the “over the top” activity violated regional peace, and Taiwan needed to be on alert.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has sent nearly 150 planes into Taiwan’s air defence identification (ADIZ) zone in the first four days of October, in what mainland figures and media have labeled a demonstration of strength but which world governments condemned as an act of intimidation and aggression.

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Writing for Foreign Affairs magazine, Tsai stressed Taiwan’s desire for peace but said “if its democracy and way of life are threatened, Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend itself”.
However she also urged other nations to “understand the value of working with Taiwan”, against the broader threat posed by Beijing. “And they should remember that if Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system.”
Beijing claims Taiwan as a province in China, and has pledged to take it, by force if necessary. It considers Tsai’s government to be separatists, but she has said Taiwan is already a sovereign nation with no need to declare independence, and has no wish for conflict.
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“Amid almost daily intrusions by the People’s Liberation Army, our position on cross-strait relations remains constant: Taiwan will not bend to pressure, but nor will it turn adventurist, even when it accumulates support from the international community,” she said.
Few countries formally recognise Taiwan, a situation which Tsai said had compelled Taiwan to think asymmetrically, forming unofficial partnerships and agreements, and contributing to international bodies as a non-state party. With growing ties around the world, Taiwan was an increasingly important democracy, trading partner and global supplier, and a crucial segment of the first island chain, which stretches from northern Japan to Borneo, Tsai said.
“Should this line be broken by force, the consequences would disrupt international trade and destabilise the entire western Pacific,” she said. “In other words, a failure to defend Taiwan would not only be catastrophic for the Taiwanese; it would overturn a security architecture that has allowed for peace and extraordinary economic development in the region for seven decades.”

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Analysts debate how imminent the threat is, but this week’s escalation of what had already grown to be near daily sorties, alarmed observers and prompted rebuke from various countries.
On Tuesday, Japan’s foreign minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, said he hoped Taiwan and China were able to resolve the issues peacefully. He said Japan was weighing up possible scenarios in order to make its own preparations.

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It followed comments from Australia’s government and the US state department urging Beijing to cease its threats or use of force. The White House also said it was in private communications through diplomatic channels, about China’s actions regarding Taiwan.
Taiwan’s foreign minister announced on Tuesday a group of French senators will visit the island this week.
Taiwan hopes to provide a deterrence to China through strong international ties and investment in its defence capabilities, including arms purchases through the US.
“Such initiatives are meant to maximise Taiwan’s self-reliance and preparedness and to signal that we are willing to bear our share of the burden and don’t take our security partners’ support for granted,” Tsai said.
Taiwan was “fully committed to collaborating with our neighbours to prevent armed conflict in the East China and South China Seas, as well as in the Taiwan Strait”.

 

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I don't think China can easily occupy over 20 million heavily armed Taiwanese without a long brutal war which would be really bad for world economy. Covid is bad enough. Some years ago China promised peaceful rise, but it canceled one nation, two systems agreement with Hong Kong, incarcerated hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, and has stretched itself with many border disputes and wars.
 

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The Kabuli pedophile thugs were saying the same thing!! Days of free lunches at the cost of the US boys and gals are long over!! Get ready to fight to the death or surrender…..
 

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The Kabuli pedophile thugs were saying the same thing!! Days of free lunches at the cost of the US boys and gals are long over!! Get ready to fight to the death or surrender…..
Yep, as I said in another thread, one has to defend his freedom. Don't expect anyone come to rescue. I don't know why Taiwan hasn't learned a thing or two from Israel, the master of survival.
 
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I think the recent aggressive posture from the mainland China is mostly a show for domestic consumption. There won't be a conflict any time soon. In the meantime, Xi has two biggest goals to achieve: Winter Olympics and his "re-election" next year. He won't risk anything to mess them up.
 

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UK has made it clear any military action against Taiwan will be considered as a direct confrontation

and we all know how capable the Nuclear Submarines of the Royal Navy are

Chinese ones, well their record speaks for itself
#PRAYFORCHINA

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UK has made it clear any military action against Taiwan will be considered as a direct confrontation

and we all know how capable the Nuclear Submarines of the Royal Navy are

Chinese ones, well their record speaks for itself


A photo says a 1000 words 3 nations one mission

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If that is the reason why Taiwanese think the conflict won't come, they are truly doomed and I have no sympathy for them.
 

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If that is the reason why Taiwanese think the conflict won't come, they are truly doomed and I have no sympathy for them.
China been saying that since 1949

please keep dreaming

Taiwan official name is Republic of Taiwan

and thats how the Word knows it and thats how it will stay

you lost the war live with it
 

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China been saying that since 1949

please keep dreaming

Taiwan official name is Republic of Taiwan

and thats how the Word knows it and thats how it will stay

you lost the war live with it
Dude, the war hasn't started yet. Don't get ahead of yourself.
 

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