As Beijing rapidly increased its military presence in the Taiwan air defense zone this month, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled news agency headed up hostile talks with countries that might want to interfere.
“Do not continue to play with fire,” Chinese state media Global Times wrote on Monday, Oct. 4.
Again, the news agency clung to war threats to have nations back off from supporting Taiwan. They employed the same strategy when the U.S. wanted to look at COVID-19’s origin.
“… it has increasingly become the new mainstream public opinion on the Chinese mainland that the mainland should make earnest preparations based on the possibility of combat,” it added.
Monday also marked the arrival of nearly 150 military jets from Beijing that appeared in Taiwan’s defense zone this month. A record number which Chiu Chui-cheng, spokesman of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, observed to be the worst tensions in four decades.
Global Times did not recognize the activity as such. Instead, they twisted to say that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the United States were trying to join Taiwan into their Indo-Pacific strategy against China.
“The secessionist forces on the island will never be allowed to secede Taiwan from China under whatever names or by whatever means, and, the island will not be allowed to act as an outpost of the United States’ strategic containment against China,” Global Times wrote.
The news agency repeated its version of the Taiwan tension on Twitter:
“Since Taiwan authorities are preparing for war, let’s see whether Australia is willing to accompany Taiwan’s separatist regime to become cannon fodder,” it wrote.
The CCP’s news outlet carried on with the warnings on Tuesday in a separate article.
“There is no force in the world whose will to ‘defend Taiwan’ is stronger than China’s will to fight against secession and achieve reunification,'” it stated.
Taiwan seceded from the mainland when communists took power in 1949. Although, the island identified itself as independent from China, Beijing continued to see it as a renegade province.
For decades, the United States has agreed to the “One China” policy under which it acknowledges China rather than Taiwan only if the island’s future is settled peacefully.
Meanwhile part of the agreement allowed for the United States to help Taiwan defend itself to uphold stability in the Western Pacific area.
President Biden Joe Biden on Tuesday said he and China’s President Xi Jinping have both agreed that the two governments would keep aligning to that long-standing settlement.
“I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree … we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” Biden said.
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan warned world leaders that its fall to the Chinese Communist regime would mean “catastrophic” consequences for peace in Asia.
“And they should remember that if Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system,” Tsai said, according to Reuters. “It would signal that in today’s global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.”
Despite its desire for peaceful, stable, predictable, and mutually advantageous cooperation with Beijing, Tsai said the CCP has repeatedly rejected it.