The Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wu, said on Wednesday that China is taking less interest in Taiwan's upcoming local elections this time due to its own internal issues and efforts to enhance its global reputation.
Taipei City: The Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wu, said on Wednesday that China is taking less interest in Taiwan’s upcoming local elections this time due to its own internal issues and efforts to enhance its global reputation.
Taiwan had previously accused China of interfering in the outcome of Taiwan’s elections through internet disinformation operations or overt military threats. China declared sovereignty over a portion of Taiwan’s democratically administered island.
Wu told reporters ahead of Saturday’s elections for mayors and council members in Taiwan that, while China has always been a factor, Beijing was interfering less this time.
According to him, the Chinese intervention in this election is not as strong as it has been in the past.
Some cheap Chinese activities, such as offering economy class air fares to entice Taiwanese living in China to go home and support pro-China candidates or scaring Taiwanese, were among the components Wu claimed were missing this time.
China held military drills close to Taiwan in August after Nancy Pelosi, the then-Speaker of the US House, visited Taipei in August. China has continued its military actions, but they are now far less extensive.
Wu said, mentioning things like China’s COVID-19 lockdowns and concerns with its domestic issues.
The elections, according to Wu, were crucial for China as well, since Taiwan served as an example of democracy in the Chinese-speaking world.
“We are very proud of that, and we will continue to serve as an example for China’s future development.”