Taiwan president warns of ‘catastrophic’ penalties if it falls to China

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TAIPEI, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Taiwan falling to China would set off “catastrophic” penalties for peace in Asia, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote in a bit for Foreign Affairs revealed on Tuesday, and if threatened Taiwan will do no matter it takes to defend itself.

Taiwan, which is claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has confronted a large stepping up of strain from Beijing since Friday, with 148 Chinese air pressure plane flying into Taiwan’s air defence zone over a four-day interval.

China has blamed the United States, Taiwan’s most essential worldwide backer and arms provider, for the rise in tensions, whereas Taiwan has known as China the “chief culprit” within the present state of affairs.

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Tsai mentioned as international locations more and more recognise the menace China’s Communist Party poses, they need to perceive the worth of working with the island.

“And they should remember that if Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system. It would signal that in today’s global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy,” Tsai wrote.

China believes Tsai is a separatist for refusing to just accept that Taiwan is a part of “one China”, and has minimize off dialogue.

Tsai says Taiwan is an unbiased nation known as the Republic of China, its formal identify.

Taiwan doesn’t search navy confrontation, and needs peaceable, secure, predictable and mutually useful coexistence with its neighbours, she wrote.

“But if its democracy and way of life are threatened, Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend itself,” Tsai mentioned, including Taiwanese individuals would “rise up” ought to Taiwan’s existence be threatened having made clear that democracy is non-negotiable.

She reiterated a name for talks with China, so long as it occurs in a spirit of equality and with out political preconditions, one thing Beijing has repeatedly rejected.

“Amid almost daily intrusions by the People’s Liberation Army, our position on cross-strait relations remains constant: Taiwan will not bend to pressure, but nor will it turn adventurist, even when it accumulates support from the international community.”

Taiwan is each vibrantly democratic and Western, however influenced by Chinese civilization and formed by Asian traditions, Tsai wrote.

“Taiwan, by virtue of both its very existence and its continued prosperity, represents at once an affront to the narrative and an impediment to the regional ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen makes a speech ahead of the light show at the Presidential Office building for the National Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, October 6, 2020. REUTER/Ann Wang