Beijing / Taipei – Chinese media has openly warned that if the Taiwanese authorities continue their provocative actions, they will leave China with no option other than war. The threat came while grudging against Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s speech at Taiwan National Day on Sunday. On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping had warned that Taiwan was committed to a ‘peaceful reunification’. In retaliation, Taiwan’s President warned that Taiwan would not bow down to anyone.
In the first four days of this month, about 150 Chinese warplanes intruded Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). This is the biggest ever intrusion evident. Besides infiltration of fighter jets, China has begun practising in various parts of the country to invade Taiwan and increase deployments. With the escalated tensions between China and Taiwan, many analysts and experts predicting a conflict. Against the backdrop, the threat issued by China’s official mouthpiece, the Global Times, draws attention.
On Sunday, the Global Times criticized President Ing-wen’s ‘Taiwan’s 72nd National Day speech’ as a ‘political gamble’. ‘Taiwan’s president’s statement is full of hatred against China. Calling China an enemy country is indicative of the Taiwanese regime’s separatist policy, which awards the two-nation principle. Attempts are being made to show that Taiwan, which represents a democratic and free constitutional system, is part of the front against authoritarianism. This is a big provocation’, the Global Times alleged. The mouthpiece also warned that ‘If the Taiwanese regime continues to provoke in this way, China will have no other option than starting a war.’
This is the second threat made by a Chinese mouthpiece to Taiwan in the past few days. Last week, the Global Times threatened Taiwan over the movement of Chinese warplanes in Taiwanese airspace. The government mouthpiece, Global Times, had threatened that the growing number of planes sent by China’s PLA was a preparedness to attack. The aircraft sent consistently have given Chinese pilots a better recognition of Taiwan’s territory, and they will act like experienced pilots if ordered an attack, the Global Times article claimed.
While addressing the nation on Sunday, President Ing-wen warned that ‘We ask to maintain the status quo and do our utmost to prevent it from being unilaterally altered. We hope for easing relations and will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure.’ She rebuked, ‘We will continue to bolster our national defence and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us.’
Chinese President Xi Jinping had once again raised the issue of Taiwan’s reunification earlier to President Ing-wen’s warning. Jinping claimed, ‘Taiwan’s independence and separatism are the biggest obstacles to achieving national rejuvenation.’ He further added that ‘The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland will be recognized as the peaceful reunification best meets the overall interests of the Taiwanese people.’ He warned that China would protect its sovereignty and integrity.