Taiwan feels that China is looking for a political setting to practice future strikes after the country's response to former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island was anything but unresponsive.
Taipei: Taiwan feels that China is looking for a political setting to practise future strikes after the country’s response to former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island was anything but unresponsive.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told The Guardian that the military danger is “becoming more serious than before” and that China is “getting ready to create another excuse for practising their eventual attack” on the island.
Warplane intrusions into Taiwan’s defence zone have increased significantly since Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. Along with deploying military aircraft and vessels to the island’s four corners, China also launched ballistic missiles into the adjacent waters.
Experts claim that the range of the exercises points to their long planning and that Pelosi’s visit was only used as a pretext by China under Xi Jinping. The Taiwanese government shares the same opinion.
Taiwan also believes that China is stepping up not only military but also cyberattacks, sanctions, and diplomatic efforts to completely isolate the island.
China has become more adamant under President Xi Jinping in its demands that Taiwan be brought under its control, using force if necessary. According to US military officials, Beijing may seek a military solution within the next few years.
The US continues to insist it has not deviated from its “one-China” policy, recognising the government in Beijing while allowing for informal relations and defence ties with Taipei.