Taiwan’s president spoke to CNN on Oct. 26 about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) constant threat of invasion. She was confident that the U.S. would intervene in a possible armed conflict, confirming that U.S. military personnel are training their troops on the island.
In a candid interview as the Taiwanese president strolled around Taipei City with the journalist. She received greetings and requests for selfies from the people, perhaps unusual for leaders who are not so popular. Tsai Ing-wen expressed confidence that both the United States and other regional allies would come to the island’s defense if the CCP decided to resort to arms.
The reason the president believes she is not alone goes beyond mere treaties or diplomatic relations or the “wide range of cooperation with the U.S. aiming at increasing our defense capability” but has to do with the rejection of communism.
“Taiwan is not alone because we are a democracy, we respect freedom and we are peace lovers. And we share values with most of the countries in the region and geographically we are of strategic importance,” Ing-wen said.
“Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve,” the president continued.
Ing-wen appealed to her allies with the following reflection, “If we fail, then that means people that believe in these values would doubt whether these are values that they (should) be fighting for.”
During the CCP’s civil war against the Kuomintang, where the communists took advantage of casualties in the ranks of the Nationalists who had come from fighting Japanese invaders, the Nationalists escaped and entrenched themselves in Taiwan, eventually forming a government and a country independent of mainland China.
Beijing claims sovereignty over the island, although it has never had control over it in more than 70 years since the civil war.
In 1979 the United States ceased recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign country to establish diplomatic relations with the CCP. However, the U.S. Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act, under which the U.S. government is obligated to supply Taiwan with arms for self-defense.
Although the law does not specify that the U.S. must become involved militarily, President Biden recently said that if the CCP decides to invade the island, the U.S. ‘is committed’ to defend it.
Answering a reporter’s question, Tsai confirmed that there is U.S. military personnel training their troops on the island, a statement that is sure to trigger anger from Chinese authorities.
According to Daily Mail, since last year, there has been at least 32 U.S. military personnel, including a special operations unit and a contingent of marines carrying out training missions.
Besides showing her determination to maintain the status quo, that, officially, Taiwan is not a sovereign country but retains its independence, the president also said she is open to dialogue with the Chinese leader. Since Xi Jinping took power, China has exponentially increased its military strength, both ballistically and in numbers.
“If we can sit down and talk about our differences and try to make arrangements so we can coexist peacefully? I think that is the expectation of our people here, and the people in China, as well as the people in the region,” Tsai said.
During celebrations for the anniversary of the establishment of the CCP, Xi said “unification’ with Taiwan ‘shall’ happen.'” While not mentioning a military invasion called on the West not to “interfere” in China’s affairs, meanwhile escalating military provocations by sending nuclear-capable warplanes to fly over Taiwan’s maritime zone.
“I (would) encourage him to have more dialogue with the government and people here in Taiwan, and to get a better feel of what it’s like in Taiwan … And, of course, we would do more in terms of understanding the situation in China,” Tsai said.
“We have said again and again that we want to have dialogue with China, and this is the best way to avoid misunderstanding, miscalculation and misjudgment in the management of the cross-strait relations,” she added.
Unlike mainland China, Taiwan largely retained the traditional millennia-old Chinese culture; such is the example of writing, which the CCP tried to replace with Romanized Pinyin—the phonetic sound of English ideograms. As a result, today in mainland China people write with “simplified” Chinese, which has lost an enormous amount of meaning compared to traditional Chinese.
Another great contrast is that Taiwan enjoys the freedom of religion. Yet, at the same time, the CCP, beginning with the Great Cultural Revolution, has waged campaign after campaign to demonize religions, persecuting their believers to death.
There is now abundant evidence that the CCP is subjecting Uyghurs to torture and forced sterilization in Xinjiang province.
In addition, there are dozens of reports confirming that the CCP is using Falun Dafa practitioners as a live organ bank where practitioners are killed while their organs are harvested and sold for lucrative transplants.
The CCP might be powerful but is surrounded
In recent military maneuvers, Russia and Beijing appear to have joined forces in the region to confront the West.
However, the CCP, due to its belligerent behavior, has made several enemies in recent times and is cornered by alliances that represent a military power difficult to defeat.
The Japanese defense minister recently stated that Japan is analyzing any available options should Beijing invade Taiwan.
During the pandemic, Australia called for an independent investigation into the origin of the virus. That drew the ire of the CCP, and relations between the two have since plummeted.
Because of a conflict on the Himalayan border between China and India, where Chinese soldiers brutally massacred a dozen Indian soldiers, anti-CCP sentiment grew in India. As a result, the Indian government banned several Chinese applications in the country and formed an alliance with Japan to confront the CCP regime.
The United Kingdom and the United States signed a new agreement with Australia (AUKUS) to arm Australia with nuclear submarines. The three allies recently conducted maneuvers in the Philippine Sea.
The CCP might be powerful, but it is, in turn, surrounded by the most powerful nations. Perhaps explaining why Beijing has been nothing more than a bully to Taiwan.