Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2021. 1:58 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The independent Republic of China (Taiwan) must never fall to its communist cousin, else “catastrophic consequences” for the cause of peace in Asia would ensue, President Tsai Ing-Wen wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine according to Reuters.
Writing in Foreign Affairs, Tsai said as countries increasingly recognise the threat China’s Communist Party poses, they should understand the value 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.
Further, she vowed Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend itself.
Taiwan, which is claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has faced a massive stepping up of pressure from Beijing since Friday, with 148 Chinese air force aircraft flying into Taiwan’s air defence zone over a four-day period.
China has blamed the United States, Taiwan’s most important international backer and arms supplier, for the rise in tensions, while Taiwan has called China the “chief culprit” in the current situation.
China believes Tsai is a separatist for refusing to accept that Taiwan is part of “one China”, and has cut off dialogue.
Tsai says Taiwan does not seek military confrontation, and wants peaceful, stable, predictable and mutually beneficial coexistence with its neighbours, she wrote.
Taiwanese people would “rise up” should Taiwan’s existence be threatened having made clear that democracy is non-negotiable, she added.
She reiterated a call for talks with China, as long as it happens in a spirit of equality and without political preconditions, something Beijing has repeatedly rejected.
Belize has recognized the Republic for 30 years, one of 15 nations worldwide to do so and has had no relations with the People’s Republic of China.
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