Following the constant military harassment by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) invading Taiwan’s air and sea space, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, in a press conference on Tuesday, warned that he would fight to the bitter end if the CCP decides to attack the island.
Democratically self-ruled Taiwan has complained in recent months about Beijing’s repeated military activities inside its territory and with the CCP air force making almost daily intimidating raids into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
The latest such news was reported on Monday of this week when Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said a dozen aircraft had invaded its airspace. The episode involved at least four Chinese J-16 and four J-10 fighters and an early warning aircraft, and an anti-submarine aircraft, the latter of which flew into southern Taiwan through the Bashi Channel connecting the Pacific with the South China Sea.
Faced with the insistence of such invasions by the CCP’s military, this time Taiwan’s air force sent aircraft to intercept and warn the Chinese to stay away, the ministry added. The logical reaction generated a considerable increase in tension in the bilateral relationship.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Joseph Wu reported that both Taiwan and the United States were concerned about the risk of an actual war.
“From my limited understanding of U.S. decision-makers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of the possibility of China launching an attack on Taiwan,” he said, reported The Guardian.
Asked by reporters about how Taiwan would react to a possible attack by the CCP, Wu replied:
“We are willing to defend ourselves without any questions, and we will fight the war if we need to fight the war. And if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day, we will defend ourselves to the very last day.”
The tension between Taiwan and the CCP has increased dramatically since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen won the election in 2016, mainly because she rejects the idea that the island is part of “one China.”
In parallel, the Trump administration gave Taiwan assurances of its total protection from the CCP’s outrages towards the island. On repeated occasions, various officials, including Trump himself, have spoken out in defense of Taiwan, condemning the intimidating actions of the CCP.
Although the United States confirmed that its commitment to Taiwan remains solid, there are doubts about how the new Biden administration would react to a possible war scenario.
The CCP has long used military and civilian vessels to invade its neighbors’ territories, constantly seeking to expand its zone of sovereignty in the region, and recent denunciations by several of them seem to indicate that those intentions remain intact.
Philippine defense chief Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement Monday that the communist Chinese regime has clear intentions to occupy even more areas in the South China Sea. He cited the continued presence of Chinese militias that Manila authorities believe intends to take over the strategic waterway areas. Japan joined their claims with similar allegations.