Despite Taiwan’s over 72 years of separation from China and having its own constitution, democratically elected government, and about 300,000 active troops in its armed forces, China still seeks to maintain a stranglehold on the island.
China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province, which it has vowed to retake by force if necessary.
With the new Biden administration, China has up the ante in its military activities near Taiwan.
According to press reports, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian was quoted as saying military activities were “necessary actions to address the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait and to safeguard national sovereignty and security”.
“They are a solemn response to external interference and provocations by ‘Taiwan independence’ forces,” he reportedly added.
He said further, “We warn those ‘Taiwan independence’ elements – those who play with fire will burn themselves, and Taiwan independence means war.”
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has referred to China’s warning as “unfortunate”, adding that tensions did not need to lead to “anything like confrontation.”
Barbara Green, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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