Beijing – ‘If separatist forces in Taiwan seeking independence provoke, exert force or even break through any red line, we will have to take drastic measures,’ a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Department threatened. On New Year’s Eve, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen warned China not to promote military adventurism. Simultaneously, the Taiwanese President had put forth an aggressive stance on human rights and democracy issues in Hong Kong. Constrained by this, China seems to have made this threat to Taiwan.
Over the past year, China has increased its intrusion into Taiwan’s air and sea limits. By sending fighter jets, bombers, destroyers, and submarines into Taiwan’s territory, China has sought to increase pressure on Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen’s democratic government. It is considered as a part of China’s Grey Zone Warfare. China is trying to increase tensions by creating a war-like situation without direct war through this Grey Zone Warfare. China seems to think that this will knock out Taiwan. Against this backdrop, Chinese President Xi Jinping had warned that Taiwan would soon unify with China on New Year’s Eve. Thereon, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen had warned that the Chinese authorities should not misjudge the situation in Taiwan. Also, she had said that the pursuit of democracy and freedom was not a crime and that Taiwan would not bow down to authoritarian China.
Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs, reacted sharply. She threatened Taiwan with decisive consequences. Fenglian claimed that the current situation has emerged due to Taiwan’s President Tsai and her party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s refusal to recognize the 1992 consensus to reunify with China. The Chinese spokesperson has accused President Tsai of escalating tensions by demanding democracy, subversive activities, and collusion with outside forces to fight against China.
Meanwhile, international analysts criticized China, which blames Taiwan for the East Asian tensions, for ignoring air and sea intrusions into Taiwan’s territory. Simultaneously, analysts are making aware that Taiwan’s international support has raised concerns for China. The UK had issued a stern warning to China over Taiwan. Besides, a few days ago, Germany also had sided with Taiwan and criticized China. China’s ambassador to Berlin had since sharply criticized Germany.