“War at any moment”. China puts pressure on Taiwan again

The precursor to an invasion could be an economic downturn or growing discontent within China, according to Taipei.

High-ranking diplomats from the United States and China held six-hour talks in Zurich against the backdrop of a new round of exacerbation of the situation around Taiwan. In the region, the US and Chinese military are each conducting their own exercises and the danger of armed conflict is now the highest in 40 years, they say in Taipei. Correspondent.net tells the details.

Taiwan expects war until 2025

Both China and the United States described the October 6 negotiations in Switzerland as “productive” and “substantive.” At the meeting, it was agreed that US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will have to hold a virtual meeting by the end of the year.

At the same time, America recalled the importance of “responsible competition” and expressed concern about Taiwan, Hong Kong and human rights violations, in particular the Uighurs in Xinjiang, and Beijing called on Washington not to interfere in its internal affairs.

And according to CNN, this is already “a step forward” compared to the last meeting in Alaska, at which representatives of both countries began to criticize each other “right in front of the international press.”

The agreement to hold a virtual meeting between the leaders of the United States and the PRC was reached shortly after the appearance of a record number of Chinese military aircraft near Taiwan’s airspace.

During a meeting with French officials in Paris on October 6, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on China to stop military activity in the area of ​​the island.

“This activity destabilizes the situation, increases the risk of miscalculation and can undermine peace and stability in the region. Therefore, we urge Beijing to stop exerting military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” he said.

The danger of an armed conflict in the Taiwan Strait is now the highest in the last 40 years, said the Minister of Defense of Taiwan Chiu Kuo Chen on the same day. He warned that the war could break out at any moment due to some accident.

From October 1 to October 5, 145 aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army of China passed over the Taiwan Strait in the air defense zone of Taiwan. Although they do not reach the island, there is a risk that in the tense environment, someone could shoot by mistake, Chiu Kuo Chen said.

He also suggested that the PRC is planning an invasion of Taiwan in 2025. According to him, Beijing is technically ready today, but in the near future it will be able to do it with greater ease. The minister did not explain what his forecast was based on.

Chiu Kuo Chen said this at a meeting of the parliamentary committee, which discussed appropriations for the acquisition of missiles and warships for the armed forces of Taiwan for several billion dollars.

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that the defense of the country is in their hands and the country is “absolutely committed to it.” Amid the escalation, he turned to Australia to expand intelligence sharing and security cooperation.

China is threatening Taiwan, and this threat seems more serious than before. We are very concerned that China is going to start a war against Taiwan at some point. Taiwan may become a target of authoritarianism,” Wu said.

He also added that Taipei is closely monitoring the situation inside China. An invasion could be preceded by an economic downturn or growing discontent within China.

Taiwan’s Western allies have expressed concern about the demonstration of Chinese military power, but Biden said Xi had previously reassured Washington of his commitment to the “One China Policy,” which has been the cornerstone of US-China relations on the Taiwan issue since 1971.

“I talked to Xi about Taiwan. We agreed that we will stick to the agreement on Taiwan. I don’t think he will do anything contrary to it,” the American president said.

In turn, speaking at the House of People’s Assembly at a banquet in honor of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang confirmed Beijing’s determination to achieve complete victory over the separatists of Hong Kong and Taiwan and warned external forces against attempts to interfere in the affairs of the People’s Republic of China. …

“We will firmly adhere to the principles of ‘one China’, as well as’ Hong Kong is ruled by Hong Kongers.” We are resolutely opposed to the separatist actions of supporters of the so-called Taiwanese independence and the intervention of external forces and will suppress their actions, “said Li Keqiang.

The principle of “one China” proclaimed by Beijing does not allow simultaneously recognizing both the PRC and the Republic of China in Taiwan, and therefore most of the world’s states, including the leading world powers, today have only unofficial cultural and economic ties with Taipei.

Taiwan proclaimed itself the Republic of China in 1949 after the supporters of the Kuomintang party fled to the island, who lost in the civil war in China to the communists led by Mao Zedong.

Since then, Beijing has viewed Taiwan as a rebellious province and has threatened to forcibly reunite it with mainland China. Internationally, Beijing is seeking to isolate the island. Month ago China has a serious quarrel with Lithuania, which opened a diplomatic mission of Taiwan in the country.

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