Taiwan will not lead to a conflict with China, but in the event of an attack, it will defend itself, said the head of the Taiwanese defense ministry, Chiu Kuo-cheng. Earlier, authorities in Taipei reported the largest ever incursion by Chinese air forces into Taiwan’s air defense zone.
On Thursday, Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng attended a meeting of the national defense committee in parliament. He stressed that Taiwan will not lead to a conflict with China, but if the enemy attacks, the military will defend the country. “The military is not a collection of plastic toys and will act if the ministry deems there to be a threat,” added the minister, quoted by the Taipei Times website.
In response to claims that the war “will be the first and last in Taiwan,” Chiu said that if it does come to an end, it cannot be “determined unilaterally.” “The first battle will not be the last, because the end of a war is never decided by only one side,” he said.
Possible attack from China
In early October, the Taiwanese defense minister announced that China already has the ability to launch an attack on Taiwan, and that a full-scale invasion will be within reach of the PRC in 2025. He also indicated that the last ones were numerous incursions of Chinese military planes into the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Taiwan puts Taiwanese pilots under a lot of pressure.
Taiwan’s President Caj Ing-wen made a similar statement on Sunday. – I would like to say once again that Taiwan is ready to make its contribution to the peaceful development of the situation in the region. Our position on relations in the (Taiwan) Strait remains the same: neither our goodwill nor our obligations will change. We call for the status quo to be maintained and we will do our best to prevent a unilateral change to the current state, she said.
The president also announced: “We are counting on an improvement in relations in the Strait and we will not act rashly, but no one should harbor any illusions: The Taiwanese will not bow to pressure.
Violation of the Taiwanese ADIZ
In early October, Taiwan’s southwestern ADIZ was breached a total of 150 times by Chinese military aircraft, including Shenyang J-16 and SU-30 fighters, and Xian H-6 bombers capable of carrying nuclear warheads. At that time, the current record of such incursions was broken, when 56 PRC military aircraft were delivered to the Taiwanese ADIZ in one day.
The situation has improved in recent days – the last violation took place on Sunday, when three Chinese planes breached the zone.
According to Reuters, China is exerting military and political pressure to try to force Taiwan to submit to Beijing. Taiwan claims to be an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy.
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