Taiwan’s president has vowed never to bow down to China after threats of “three world wars” surfaced in a Chinese Communist-ruled newspaper.
Speaking on Taiwan’s National Day, Tsai Ing-wen rejected the idea that the island would agree to be “subordinate” to Beijing, the day President Xi Jinping took on the “historic task” of taking back the island. was emphasized.
Taiwan’s defiant stance comes as the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist regime, The Global Times, issued a chilling warning to the US if it tried to defend the island.
It warned that “once war breaks out in the Taiwan Strait, those US military personnel will be the first to be eliminated”.
But President Tsai said yesterday that his country’s military was ready to stop any aggression.
He said: “There should be absolutely no illusion that the people of Taiwan will succumb to pressure
“We will continue to strengthen our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves to ensure that no one can force Taiwan to follow the path China has set for us.”
She continued: “The path China has taken provides neither a free and democratic lifestyle for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”
Following the address, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense displayed a range of weapons, including missile launchers and armored vehicles, while fighter jets and helicopters rose overhead.
Air power was demonstrated by a group of CM32 tanks, followed by trucks carrying missile systems.
Last week it emerged that Taiwan is developing a missile that could strike back if it attacked China.
Yun Feng has been able to hit major Chinese cities – including the capital Beijing – and news of its development comes as the island’s president warned that China is “playing with fire”.
Taiwan – separated from China in 1949 – but the Chinese ruling party regards the island as a “renegade state” and has repeatedly vowed to take it back by force by 2050 if necessary.
There should be no illusion that the people of Taiwan will succumb to pressure
A formal declaration of independence would be the likely trigger.
Any invasion would represent a serious escalation of hostilities and could pull in the US through its pact to defend Taiwan.
Washington’s regional allies such as South Korea, Japan and Australia can also be sucked into a conflict as can NATO forces such as the UK because the US is a member of the coalition.
Since September last year, China has flown more than 800 fighter jets towards Taiwan.
Since last Friday, China has sent record-breaking fighter jets towards international airspace near Taiwan.
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