Daily US Times: Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said China’s growing military intimidation of Taiwan shows the self-governed island “needs to prepare” for a possible military conflict.
His warning came one week after Taiwan reported the largest daily incursion by Chinese military planes into Taiwan’s self-declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
The incursion — by 28 Chinese warplanes including bombers and fighter jets — didn’t violate Taiwanese sovereign airspace or international law, but it was seen as show of strength by China’s People’s Liberation Army.
On Wednesday, Mr Wu told CNN in an exclusive interview: “As Taiwan decision makers, we cannot take any chances, we have to be prepared. When the Chinese government is saying they would not renounce the use of force, and they conduct military exercises around Taiwan, we would rather believe that it is real.”
Taiwan’s foreign minister, who has served as minister of foreign affairs since 2018, was accused by China in May of being a “diehard separatist” after remarks he made during a news conference that Taiwan would fight “to the very last day” if attacked by China.
Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said: “Stopping ‘Taiwan independence’ is the necessary condition for maintaining peaceful cross-strait relations. Joseph Wu has repeatedly and arrogantly provoked ‘Taiwan independence’ … we will take all necessary measures to severely punish such ‘Taiwan independence’ diehards for life in accordance with the law.”