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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, stands boldly against China and declares that the nation’s freedom and democracy will be protected even in the face of more severe and serious provocations from Chinese authorities. China’s erratic behavior began when US Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last week.
When Pelosi visited Taipei a week ago, China responded by proclaiming military drills and activities throughout the country. The drills have persisted even though Pelosi has already left Taiwan, prompting the minister to issue his assertion against the superpower.
“China has always been threatening Taiwan for years, and it’s getting more serious in the last few years. Whether Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan or not, the Chinese military threat against Taiwan has always been there, and that is the fact that we need to deal with,” said Minister Wu.
According to Wu, Taiwan welcomed the US House Speaker because it needed to fortify relationships with other countries, which China had repeatedly barred. Wu stated that China has been actively trying to disconnect Taiwan from the international community and that the time has come to gain freedom from China’s control, regardless of the potential backlash.
“(China) cannot dictate to Taiwan that we should not welcome anyone who likes to come and show support for Taiwan,” minister Wu added.
China not happy with the visit
The Chinese government had long opposed Pelosi’s appointment to Taiwan. Despite the threats released by China, Pelosi, along with other officials and staff, visited Taiwan and met with the country’s legislators.
Pelosi’s visit is the first time a high-ranking incumbent official from the United States has visited the country in 25 years.
When Pelosi arrived in Taipei, the Chinese government announced that military drills would begin near Taiwan. According to experts, the drills have been carried out “closer than ever before.” The exercises were supposed to end on Sunday, but they continued for prolonged periods of time.
Even while Chinese military drills continued, Taiwanese residents remained calm. Business went on as usual, and Taiwanese society continued with its regular activities.
According to Wu, China’s threat has only encouraged the country’s government to strengthen ties with other foreign countries and convey that it is not afraid of China’s angst.
“I worry that China may really launch a war against Taiwan,” said Wu. “But what it is doing right now is trying to scare us, and the best way to deal with it (is) to show to China that we are not scared.”
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
Wu disclosed that they were shocked by the visit because Pelosi’s visit was announced late.
Minister Wu said, “Since her travel is always subject to a lot of considerations, especially security considerations … we were not able to find out until the very last moment when she firmed up her plan.”
Pelosi paid a courtesy visit to Taiwan’s president, President Tsai Ing-wen, and they spoke about several issues, where Pelosi told the president that the “US stands with Taiwan.” The House Speaker then managed to meet with the country’s legislature and discuss a number of serious matters that Wu refused to discuss.
Wu was taken aback by the Speaker’s charm, notably when she landed and told the Taiwanese officers who greeted her that she had been looking forward to the visit for a long time.
“And by the time she departed, she not only said goodbye to me, but also said goodbye to the ground crew, the security people, and to those people who had been taking care of the airport, one by one,” the minister said.
Wu stated that the US has consistently advocated Taiwan’s policies and decisions. However, the minister stated that the support this time was “unprecedented.”
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