Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Taiwan was preparing itself for war against China. He also said that Taiwan would fight to the end if China attacked it.
With confidence, Wu also stated that if China really attacked Taiwan, the country led by Xi Jinping would suffer great suffering.
“I believe that if China launches an attack on Taiwan, they will also suffer great suffering,” Wu told the ABC.
Joseph Wu also asked for help from other countries, including Indonesia’s neighbor, Australia, to establish closer cooperation. Wu also touched on the AUKUS pact that allows Australia to have eight nuclear-powered submarines. Wu said he was happy with the presence of AUKUS, so that it could balance China’s military ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region.
“We are pleased to see that Taiwan’s like-minded partners – the United States and Britain and Australia – are working more closely with each other to obtain more advanced defense articles so that we can defend the Indo-Pacific, Wu said.
“Australia is a great country, and I am very pleased to see that Australia will assume more responsibility for maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific,” he added.
However, Australian Cabinet Minister Greg Hunt declined to comment on whether Australia would welcome increased intelligence cooperation and security sharing with Taiwan.
“Our hope is peace. Our belief is that this can be sustained,” Hunt said.
China-Taiwan relations continue to heat up
China itself is known to have stepped up its intimidation over the past two years against Taiwan. The peak was this year, when last June the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) deployed 28 aircraft to Taiwan’s airspace.
Then on Friday (1/10) and Saturday (2/10), the PLA again deployed 38 and 39 aircraft in those two days, which according to mainland Chinese military observers, was carried out as an exercise and a form of China’s assertion of the island of Taiwan.
However, although relations between the two continue to heat up, a number of military analysts say, the possibility of war between China and Taiwan will not increase significantly until 2030, until China’s military capabilities match that of the US.
As is known, Taiwan or the Republic of China (ROC) has maintained an ‘ambiguous’ position for a long time. They have their own government, president, military, currency, passport, like an independent country in general, but their position in the world is not like that of a fully sovereign country.
Taiwan also prefers to maintain the status quo, which means operating separately from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), rather than completely separate from the PRC which could trigger attacks and even fighting. Meanwhile, China regards Taiwan as its inseparable territory. The PRC also says that there is only one China.
Beijing has promised to unite Taiwan with mainland China by 2049, a century after the Kuomintang formed an alternative government in Taiwan after decades of civil war.