Conflict With China Global “Threat”, Taiwan Minister Warns

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'Getting Worse': Conflict With China Global 'Threat', Taiwan Minister Warns

China-Taiwan Conflict: Tensions have soared as China steps up air incursions near Taiwan.

Bratislava:

Taiwan’s foreign minister on Tuesday told AFP that any conflict between Taiwan and China would be “a disaster. Not only for Taiwan but also for China and the rest of the world”.

Speaking during a visit to Slovakia, Joseph Wu also said that China may be ramping up tensions with Taiwan. This is to “divert domestic attention” from an economic slowdown and power shortages.

Tensions soar as Beijing steps up air incursions near Taiwan. A self-ruling democracy that the growing Asian power vow one day to take over, by force if necessary.

“The classical theory of authoritarian regimes is that, whenever there is a domestic crisis. They would like to create external crises to divert domestic attention.

“This might be the problem we need to confront,” Wu said after giving a speech at an event organized by Globsec. It is Slovak international affairs think tank.

“If you look at the current Chinese situation internally, the economy has been slowing down. Western sanctions on China seem to be taking a toll. In recent months we saw that there is a serious shortage of power.

“These kinds of situations might create an environment for the authoritarian leader. This is to think about an action externally to divert domestic attention” he said.

“The threat is there and the threat is getting worse,” he added.

In his speech in Bratislava, Wu also called for stronger economic ties as part of a “democratic supply chain.” Talking up, in particular, Taiwan’s potential to help the automotive industry, the backbone of the Slovak economy.

“Having reliable suppliers with shares faith in democracy and freedom will supercharge our economies. This is especially important when authoritarian regimes are weaponizing trade and orchestrating coercions against democracies,” he said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian earlier protest against Wu’s visit to Slovakia. The neighboring Czech Republic. Saying he was “a typical Taiwan independence separatist”.

“China firmly opposes these countries conniving with Taiwan independence separatists and demands. Those relevant countries abide by the ‘one-China principle. Do not provide a platform for activities of Taiwan independence separatists,” he said.

Wu’s visit comes as a delegation focus on boosting trade and economic ties tours those countries as well as Lithuania. Another EU member state sparked a diplomatic row with China by agreeing to let Taiwan open a representative office under its own name.

Earlier in the year, Lithuania also left China’s 17+1 cooperation forum with Central and Eastern Europe, calling it divisive.

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