Only 14 nations in the world, with no international power, not even the US, recognize the island’s sovereignty.
Taiwan has its own constitution, democratically elected rulers, and 300,000 active soldiers in its armed forces. In fact, it functions as a completely independent country. China considers the island a separatist province with 23 million residents, but Beijing’s trap is no real power within Taiwan’s executive, an independent court headed by President Tsai Ing-wen, who has been in office since 2016. And who has always opposed the old proposition above: the “one country, two systems” formula, the format that was established in Hong Kong, according to The island will have significant autonomy if it accepts reunification.However, it would be subject to the yoke of Chinese rule as in the former British colony.
The problem with Taiwan is that only 14 countries in the world recognize its sovereignty. And there’s no international power on that list, not even the United States, its biggest sponsor and biggest supplier of weapons, more than formally mentioning potential independence from Taiwan at the moment of truth. is saved. If that happens, if the Tsai government, prompted by sudden full support from Washington, declares its independence, the Asian giants will respond with an offensive.
“If Taiwan declares its independence, Beijing will not hesitate to start a war, no matter what the cost,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wei Fenghe said this during a meeting with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Singapore on Friday night.
This is not the first time that from another world power, they are raising their voice in that battle line. In 2019, President Xi Jinping assured that “Taiwan’s reunification was inevitable” and that “Peking reserves the right to use military force to achieve it”. Last year, during the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi recommended completing “reunification” with self-ruled Taiwan and vowed to “crush” any bid for independence.
Of course, the astral leader called for a “peaceful reunification” process, although he did not hide that his country would use force to achieve its objective. “No one should underestimate the determination, strong will and formidable ability of the Chinese people to uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi said.
This Saturday, the US Secretary of Defense, Austin attended the Singapore summit – baptized the Shangri-La talks – to say Beijing is becoming “more assertive” in its claims And that Washington is committed to helping its allies in the Indo-Pacific defend themselves. Without specifically mentioning China, Austin said his country would ensure that its allies in the region have sufficient capabilities to “deter aggression”.
A few days ago, the United States had signed Fourth arms deal with Taiwan, worth $120 million, because Joe Biden is in the White House. “This agreement will further harm the interests of Taiwanese compatriots and put them under fire,” one of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
During his meeting with Austin, Minister Wei warned that Beijing would “destroy any conspiracy to crush Taiwan’s independence.” Ten days ago, China pulled out 30 warplanes, including 20 fighters, to fly over the island’s air defense zone (ADIZ). The second largest incursion by Chinese planes so far this year was Beijing’s response to President Biden’s words a few days ago during his Asia tour of South Korea and Japan, where he had for the first time openly said that the United States would defend Taiwan. Will do of an attack.
“We ask China to refrain from further destabilizing actions near Taiwan”Austin said on Saturday, also recalling that there have been several “unsafe and unprofessional encounters” between Chinese planes and ships with planes from other countries in recent days.
Australia complained that a Chinese fighter jet recently conducted dangerous maneuvers near its surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea. Canada also criticized the Chinese air force, saying it flew too close to Canadian patrol planes while they were on a mission to uphold UN sanctions against North Korea, calling on Chinese fighters to forcibly change their routes. accused of trying.
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