Taiwan’s foreign minister has called on the international community to help China defend its country against the growing military threat from fear of the “real possibility” of war.
Minister Joseph Wu’s remarks came before Keith Crutch’s US undersecretary for economic affairs arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, with the delegation for a two-day visit.
In an editorial late Wednesday evening, the Global Times said the Chinese state media outlet said it was “destroying their strategic maneuvering capability by completely siding with the US”, increasing the risk of military conflict. It said that country-level engagement with Taiwan was “the biggest change in status quo” in cross-strait relations and a constant source of tension.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it relied on the visit.
Wu’s remarks are already echoed by President Tsai Ing-wen for a coalition of countries to take a stand against “official aggression”, exacerbating military and economic pressure in China’s territory.
There have been reports of unprecedented US arms sales in Taiwan, including mines, cruise missiles and drones on the eve of Kharch’s visit.
Wu told France 24 TV that Taiwan was on the “front line defending the democracies being taken by Communist China” and needed help.
“We have been making a lot of efforts in the last few years to enhance our defense capabilities and at the same time we want to let the international community understand that Taiwan is threatened by China as a democracy, a totalitarian country Which is trying to increase its influence, ”said Wu. He cited for example China’s action on the disputed border with the South China Sea, Hong Kong and India.
“We feel that like-minded countries or fellow democracies need to pay more attention to the region and come to each other’s support to disrupt China’s expansionist motivation.”
Although the Chinese Communist Party has never ruled Taiwan, Beijing considers Taiwan a part of China and has accused the Tsai-led government of separatism. Beijing has never ruled out taking Taiwan by force, and recent months have seen an increase in defense build-up and military exercises in particular. Wu said that more than 30 People’s Liberation Army aircraft had recently crossed into Taiwan’s air defense detection zone.
The minister said Taiwan applauded the US for continuing its presence in the region: “I think this is a show for the Chinese side that its military threat against other peace-loving countries will not be tolerated.”
The US does not have a formal diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, but Donald Trump has increasingly supported Tapi, for his successful response to the epidemic and stance against China’s aggression.
On Thursday, Reuters reported that the US was planning to sell Taiwan as a seven-arms system, a rare concentration of sales after years of transactions.
The US supplies arms to the Taiwanese government under the Taiwan Relations Act, the quantity and quality of which the then President Ronald Reagan said in 1982, “solely on the threat posed by the PRC [People’s Republic of China]”.
According to the report of the Department of Defense 2019, the US has announced more than $ 23bn in arms sales to Taiwan in the last 10 years.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense declined to comment on alleged arms sales, stating that such negotiations were handled in a less important and confidential manner, and would have to wait until any sales were made. There should be no formal notification for Congress.
Earlier this month, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi accused the US of directly interfering in regional and maritime disputes in the region, strengthening its muscles and strengthening its military deployment. “Such acts are becoming the biggest factor in militarization in the South China Sea,” Wang said.
The US Department of State said Krech is scheduled to attend a memorial service for the late Taiwanese President Li Teng-hui and will also discuss “how to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation”.
Kracht’s visit was followed by the announcement of a new economic dialogue between the two governments, a high-level visit by the US Health Secretary, Alex Azar, and a Czech parliamentary speaker, whose visit sparked a diplomatic dispute with China that led to other European Spread over countries.