Photo Credit: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via Reuters
Joseph Wu, the foreign minister of Taiwan, takes a courageous stance against China and declares that his country will continue to defend its independence and democracy despite more serious and grave threats from Chinese authorities. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House, visited Taiwan last week, which sparked China’s wild conduct.
China retaliated by announcing that it would conduct military exercises and other operations around the nation after Pelosi’s visit to Taipei a week ago. Pelosi is already out of the country. However, the drills continued, which spurred the minister to make his expression of resistance against the superpower despite Pelosi’s absence.
“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 the minister.
The US House Speaker was welcomed by Taiwan, according to Wu, since it needed to strengthen its ties with other nations, something China had consistently opposed. However, Wu asserted that despite the potential fallout, Taiwan has now decided to rebel against China’s attempts to isolate it from the rest of the world.
“(China) cannot dictate to Taiwan that we should not welcome anyone who likes to come and show support for Taiwan,” Wu added.
Pelosi visits Taiwan even with threats from China
The Chinese government long resisted Pelosi’s ambitions to visit Taiwan. Even yet, Pelosi visited Taiwan and spoke with the country’s legislators despite the warnings China had given. Moreover, she traveled there with other government representatives and personnel.
The last time a high-ranking US incumbent official visited the nation was 25 years ago, and Pelosi’s visit marks that change.
Pelosi arrived in Taipei, at which point China declared it would start military exercises close to Taiwan. The exercises, which were supposed to end on Sunday but have continued for extended periods of time, were executed “closer than before,” according to experts.
Taiwan neighborhoods maintained their tranquility despite the ongoing military exercises. Everything went on as usual in business and in Taiwanese society.
Wu said that China’s threat only drove the Taiwanese administration to cement its ties with other governments and demonstrate that it is not intimidated by China’s instigation of fear.
“I worry that China may really launch a war against Taiwan,” said the minister. “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.”
House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
Due to the short notice of Pelosi’s arrival, Wu said they were taken aback by the visit.
“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,” Wu said.
Pelosi met President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan as a gesture of goodwill, and the two spoke for a while. The House Speaker then talked with Taiwan’s legislature and discussed many state concerns that Wu declined to divulge to the press. In addition, Pelosi made sure to tell the president that “the US stands with Taiwan.”
Wu said that there were astounded by the Speaker’s charm, especially when she arrived and informed the Taiwanese officials who were awaiting her that she had been anticipating the visit for an extremely 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,” Wu narrated.
According to Wu, Taiwan’s policies and decisions have traditionally received support from the US. The support this time around, though, was “unprecedented,” the minister claimed.
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