Taiwan ‘will not back down’ from China’s threat, says President Tsai Ing-wen

The day after the arrival in Taiwan of the speaker of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, confirmed on Wednesday August 3 that Taiwan “don’t turn back” in the face of the military threat from China.

The arrival of M.ME Pelosi, 82, of Taipei, aboard an American military plane on Tuesday night, provoked a strong reaction from Beijing, which announced major maneuvers around the island, in retaliation. Criticized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry “a serious offence” American commitments vis-à-vis China, which “seriously disturbing the peace and stability” regional.

During a meeting with M.ME in Taipei, MME Pelosi admits it came “in peace” in the region while ensuring that the United States does not abandon its commitments to the democratic island threatened by Beijing’s invasion. “Today, our delegation (…) came to Taiwan to say unequivocally that we will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan and that we are proud of our lasting friendship”said M.ME Pelosi, the highest American official to visit the island in 25 years.

“The consequences can be very serious”

The Chinese government summoned the American ambassador, Nicholas Burns, on Tuesday night. Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng told him the “strong protests” in his country, added that “the initiative [de Mme Pelosi de se rendre à Taïwan] very shocking and the consequences can be very serious”the new Chinese agency reported.

The Chinese Ministry of Defense meanwhile promised “targeted military actions”with a series of maneuvers around the island starting Thursday, incl “long range live ammunition” the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China. According to the coordinates published by the Chinese army, part of the military operations will take place 20 kilometers from the coast of Taiwan.

China’s commerce ministry also announced economic sanctions, announcing a suspension of exports to Taiwan of natural sand – a key ingredient in the production of semiconductors, one of the island’s main exports. .

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“Taiwan will not back down”

“In the face of deliberately increasing military threats, Taiwan will not back down”Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen reacted on Wednesday. “We’re going (…) continue to defend democracy”he said during his meeting with MME Pelosi, which he is grateful to have “Took concrete steps to demonstrate [son] unwavering support for Taiwan at this critical time”.

Taiwanese authorities reported overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday that 21 Chinese military aircraft entered the island’s air defense identification zone – an area larger than its airspace.

Criticized by the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense “an attempt to threaten our ports and important urban areas, and unilaterally undermine the peace and stability of the region”. “The army will definitely stay in place and protect national security. We ask the public to be reassured and support the army”he added.

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Several American ships are also sailing in the region, including an aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, according to US military sources. Most observers rate the likelihood of armed conflict as low. But US officials say they are preparing for a show of force from the Chinese military. Japan, on the other hand, said “worried” through Chinese military exercises, some of which, according to Tokyo, should spill over into the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“Play with fire”

China considers Taiwan, with its 23 million inhabitants, one of its provinces, which it has not succeeded in annexing the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese civil war (1949). Contrary to any initiative that gives Taiwan’s authority international legitimacy, Beijing opposes any official contact between Taiwan and other countries.

US officials regularly visit the island. But China judged that the visit of MME Pelosi, the third figure of the American state, is a great challenge. Last week, in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, the president of China, Xi Jinping, already called on the United States not to “don’t play with fire”.

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Since 1979, Washington has recognized only one Chinese government, that of Beijing, while continuing to provide support to the Taiwanese authorities, mainly through major arms sales. The United States also practices “strategic ambiguity”refrained from saying whether or not they would defend Taiwan militarily in the event of an invasion.

Russia, a major ally of China, on Tuesday accused the Americans “destroyed the world” and described Nancy Pelosi’s visit as a “full challenge”. Another ally of Beijing, North Korea expressed this “full support”.

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The World with AFP

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