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Taiwan warns that the tension with Beijing is the most serious in the last 40 years


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In the midst of daily air raids, the usual military tension between China and Taiwan it is experiencing its most dangerous moment in the last four decades. This is what the Taiwanese Defense Minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng, warned in Parliament this Wednesday, when asked by a deputy about the constant entry of Chinese aircraft into your Area Defense Identification Code (ADIZ). “For the Army, the current situation is the most serious in the more than 40 years that I have been in service,” Chiu warned after having detected some 150 Chinese combat aircraft since Friday, when the Beijing regime celebrated its National Day. In his view, any “slight oversight” or “miscalculation” can trigger “a crisis” in the Taiwan Strait that leads to an invasion of the island by China, reports France Presse.

Within the rise of China as an economic and military superpower, that is what the Taiwanese government teme from 2025, when Beijing would be fully prepared to launch a “large-scale attack.” “You can do it now, but you have to calculate the cost to pay and what kind of results you want to get. After 2025, costs and losses will be kept to a minimum, ”Chiu said without elaborating. He did make it clear, instead, that “for me, as a man in the Army, the urgency is right ahead.”

Spurred on by official propaganda, China’s constant provocations and threats have also been responded to by the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. In an article published Tuesday in the magazine ‘Foreign Affairs’, he warned that if the island fell, “the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the system of democratic alliances. It would mean that, in today’s fight for values, authoritarianism has the winning hand over democracy. Although Tsai insisted that Taiwan does not want a military confrontation and seeks peaceful coexistence with its neighbors, he promised that “if its democracy and way of life are threatened, Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend itself.”

Chinese air raids add fuel to the fire burning in Asia, where the “New Cold War” is being fought between the United States and the new emerging power, China. Being another one of the many open fronts Between the two countries, President Biden tries to reduce the tension left by Trump without bowing to Beijing. According to Reuters reports, Biden announced on Tuesday that he had discussed this issue with his Chinese counterpart. “I have spoken with Xi (Jinping) and we have agreed that we will abide by the agreement on Taiwan,” he said, referring to the island’s ‘status quo’ and the ‘one China’ policy.

Although the US exchanged its diplomatic ties with Taiwan for China in 1978, it is the island’s main ally and its largest supplier of weapons. In addition, it is required by law to defend it in the event of an attack, so a Chinese invasion of Taiwan could unleash a war between two superpowers with nuclear weapons. But Beijing has promised that it will reunify the island, which is a “de facto” sovereign country, and will respond with arms to a formal declaration of independence.

Since Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek took refuge in Taiwan after losing the civil war against Mao Zedong in 1949, Taiwan has remained separate from the authoritarian Communist Party regime. After leaving the dictatorship behind in 1996, it is today one of the most vibrant and free democracies in Asia, but it is under permanent threat from Beijing, whose unwaivable goal is to reunite it by force if necessary.

To defuse this growing tension, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is meeting this week in Switzerland with the head of Chinese diplomacy, Yang Jiechi. After their first meeting in March in Alaska, which ended in a row with journalists, the two try to rebuild relations after the telephone conversation between Biden and Xi Jinping on 9 September. In addition to addressing their open fronts, such as Taiwan, on the table could be the preparation of a summit between the two leaders that would bring some thaw to the “New Cold War.”

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