Taiwan’s Foreign Minister calls China’s military threat “very serious”

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu granted an interview to Jowharfrom Taipei. He warned that the threat from China was “very serious” and that Taiwan must “be prepared” for any Chinese military action, “whether it is a total invasion or a small skirmish with our military.”

Joseph Wu told Jowharthat China’s military threat to Taiwan was not just rhetoric. He noted that Beijing had strengthened its military and spoke openly about “invading” Taiwan. In response, he said, Taiwan has acquired new weapons and is stepping up its preparations for possible Chinese military action.

The Taiwanese FM said it expected the United States to help Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, but stressed that Taiwan must be ready to defend itself on its own. He insisted that China “can not be trusted” when it claims that Taiwan would be governed under the “one country, two systems” model, pointing to the Hong Kong crackdown in recent years.

Finally, Wu welcomed the opening of a de facto embassy in Lithuania bearing the name “Taiwan” instead of the usual “Taipei” as a symbol of the change of perception taking place in Western capitals towards Beijing. He said he hoped other Western countries would “understand” the move.

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