China under Xi Jinping risking ‘disaster’ with military misstep amid tensions over Taiwan
China would ‘swallow up Taiwan if they could’ says Wang Ting-Yu
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China’s leader Xi Jinping is pursuing a dangerous policy on Taiwan which risks pulling the region and the world into a spiral of conflict, a Taiwanese MP has warned. A member of Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, Wang Ting-yu has vowed his country is prepared to fend off an attack from the People’s Republic of China in the event Beijing miscalculates and triggers an all-out war between the sides.
Wang Ting-yu told Express.co.uk: “China wants to swallow up Taiwan if they could.
“So, since 2013, China tried to increase the integration of the air force, navy, their capability, they invest a lot of budget in their Air Force and the Navy.
“So since then they are using their air fighters, bombers, their vessels to harass Taiwan more aggressively, so, to Taiwan, the Chinese Communist threat is kind of daily life.
“However, we understand that China they gain their capability day after day so we need to be cautious, we need to watch their moves closely.”
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He continued: “Now the real danger in this region is the Chinese PLA (People’s Liberation Army) their military, they are too competent, they are too cocky.
“So when Xi Jinping…he has his agenda, he wants to be a king in China, he broke his [term limit] for the coming year 2022, and he enhanced his military.
“So his military try to increase conflict they are confident to create conflict in the South China Sea, in the borderline near India, and in Taiwan Strait even in the East China Sea close to Japan.
“So the real danger in this region is if China they miscalculate, they miscalculate the situation.”
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“They are too confident, then they dare to make some mistakes, then that kind of conflict will become a disaster to this whole region and to the world also,” concluded the Tawainese MP.
It comes after White House staffers appeared to be walking back President Joe Biden‘s commitments to defending Taiwan from invasion by China.
The President’s pledge to back Taiwan militarily at a CNN Town Hall in Baltimore on October 22 had sparked anger in Beijing.
The Biden administration reportedly began to “clean up” after the President made the comments with the White House stating the US leader was in fact “not announcing any change in policy”.
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Last Weekend, Washington DC Correspondent Kethevane Gorjestani told France 24: “The White House is trying a little bit to clean up those presidential comments yesterday during a town hall where [President Biden] was very clearly asked whether the West would defend Taiwan in the case of a Chinese attack and he said, yes, we have a commitment to that.
“This morning the White House, trying to walk back those comments by Joe Biden saying Biden was not announcing any change in policy.
“They insisted that the US relationship towards Taiwan is based on the Taiwan Relations Act which means that there is continuous support from the US, for a Taiwan’s right to defend itself, and that the US continues to oppose any change in the status quo and meaning they’re giving a message to China not to act in a way that would change anything regarding Taiwan.
“So the White House really walking back those comments, the same way they did back in August when already, Joe Biden had made similar comments about the US defending Taiwan in the case of an attack, and again, at the time, the White House walking back those comments saying that the President had actually misspoken.”
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