The hypothesis of an armed conflict between China and Taiwan is gaining ground day by day. Taipei has actually confirmed that on Monday, May 30, Beijing had deployed 30 fighter jets in the archipelago’s airspace.
Not surprisingly, this uprising further fuels tensions between the Asian giant … and Washington, which has very good relations with Taiwan. U.S. President Joe Biden even says he is ready to defend the archipelago should events worsen.
For its part, the Taiwanese defense minister announced Monday night that he had flown his own aircraft and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor Chinese activity, RFI reports.
The media adds that Taiwan recorded a record 969 Chinese military air strikes in 2021, more than double the 380 attacks in 2020. The US position in this file is not unrelated to this either.
A report from Taiwan and the United States that is strongly dissatisfied with Beijing
And with good reason, by the end of 2021, for example, the Chinese army had with great fanfare claimed that it had conducted a combat-preparing patrol in the Taiwan Strait in response to U.S. parliamentarians’ visit to the island, which Beijing claimed. .
The Chinese Foreign Ministry had then expressed its clear opposition to the visit of parliamentarians, which according to it is equivalent to supporting the Taiwanese separatists (a first visit had already taken place in November).
A conflict under Trump
As a reminder, the former US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Saturday, January 9, 2020 had lifted all the restrictions that formed the framework of the contacts between Uncle Sam and Taiwan. And this, to Beijing’s great displeasure, a few days before Donald Trump’s departure from the White House.
In fact, China considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory and looks very weakly at any gesture that can give legitimacy to the authorities on the island, who benefit from a democratic government.
Thereby, ” if Beijing had not immediately responded to this ultimate provocation by Trump, Taiwan’s representative in the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim, who acts as ambassador, would have praised on Twitter the strength of the ties between Taiwan and the United States. United “stressed Courrier International at the time.
A very difficult case
Contrary to China since 1949, Taiwan is trying against all odds to exist on the international diplomatic chessboard. But the shadow of Beijing, which is more impressive year after year, relentlessly reduces Taipei’s ambitions.
For example, for 5 years Taiwan has lost the recognition of Burkina Faso, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Sao Tome and Principe or even El Salvadors. “All these states have really chosen to respond to the ringing and stumbling calls from mainland China”emphasizes Liberation.
As a result, the island, which is not recognized by the UN, today has only a handful of diplomatic allies in the world, mainly small nations. Problematic – while this democracy, which has a viable electoral system, a press free of its movements and its writings, but also a civil society with very good health – is only asking to free itself in relation to international politics.
Unfortunately, the Chinese government does not hear it that way and refuses to consider any hint of official independence on the part of the Taiwanese authorities. Especially since the autonomous president, Tsai Ing-wens came to power in early 2016, only made this assumption worse.
A process to isolate Taiwan
The result is that Beijing is multiplying the monetary approaches towards the last partners in Taipei…. Which does not resist the arrival of welcome investments in times of crisis. An extortion to the wallet, which the manager denies, who regrets her impressive neighbor’s deterrent arsenal:
“The severance of diplomatic relations is not an isolated incident. It’s all part of a series of acts of diplomatic and military coercion. “confirms Tsai Ing-wen. “This includes sending military aircraft to surround Taiwan and forcing international airlines to change their designation to Taiwan.. Specifically, China has never loosened its grip “she says.