DHARAMSALA, 30 Nov: Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has said that Taiwan will never bow to pressure from China after 27 Chinese warplanes entered its air defence buffer zone on Sunday.
Referring to the biggest flyby of Chinese warplanes since Oct, the Minister has stated in a post on the ministry’s Twitter account that “the PRC coercive action is obviously meant to bring Taiwan to its knees & keep us away from democratic partners.”
However, Wu has made it clear that Taiwan will never bow to pressure from China. “But make no mistake: We’ll never bow to CCP pressure. Never, never, never!”
According to Taiwan’s defence ministry, a total of 18 Chinese fighter jets and five H-6 bombers, as well as a Y-20 aerial refuelling aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone near the southern part of the island and out into the Pacific Ocean during the incursion.
The development came on the heels of a five-member bipartisan US congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan and amid heightened tension between China and the self-ruled island.
According to the report, the Taiwanese Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng has emphasised the “importance” of having a military liaison group in Guam while declaring that “procedures are in progress.”
The self-ruled island, headed by independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen has formal relations with only 15 countries, many of them small, less-developed nations in Central America and the Pacific, including Belize and Nauru.
Beijing claims self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own and views it as a wayward province to be reunified with China by force if necessary.
Taiwan has been self-governed since 1949 when Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang troops fled to the island after losing China’s civil war to Mao’s Communist Party.