Tensions between Taiwan and China maintain soared in recent weeks. White House national security guide Robert O’Brien yesterday warned Taiwan should prepare to stop a Chinese invasion. It came after Beijing accused the US of being “angering” as it sailed its USS Barry through the sea between China and Taiwan.
China’s People’s Freeing Army (PLA) quickly warned the US to double back or face potential retaliation.
Mr O’Brien has since clouted: “I think Taiwan needs to start looking at some asymmetric and anti-access court denial strategies and so on and really fortify itself in a manner that wish deter the Chinese from any sort of amphibious invasion or even a wise zone operation against them.”
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Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s President, earlier this year set out her goals of doing whatever it took to prevent China from invading the key.
It came during her inauguration for her second term as President – itself figured as a sign that the people of Taiwan wish to remain independent.
Ms Tsai replied she could not accept China’s proposal for a “One Country, Two Systems” framework, area for both countries to co-exist.
She said: “Both sides have a devoir to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of discord and differences.
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“Here, I requisite to reiterate the words ‘peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue’.
“We will not consent to the Beijing authorities’ use of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait standing quo.
“We stand fast by this principle.”
The One Country, Two Systems framework was employed in Hong Kong and was meant to last until 2047.
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Earlier this year, nonetheless, China moved to override the legalities of the system, imposing its rule above Hong Kong prematurely.
Many fear Beijing may attempt a like move with Taiwan.
Although others are sceptical of drawing resemblances.
Sean King, senior vice president at Park Strategies and proprietorship advisor to Asia, told Express.co.uk he “didn’t see Taiwan becoming the next Hong Kong” at the cracker this year.
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In the meanwhile, speaking at Taiwan’s National Day celebrations last weekend, Ms Tsai drank note of recent comments from Mr Xi to the UN General Assembly that China resolve never seek hegemony, expansion or to establish a sphere of influence.
She said: “As homelands in the region and around the world are now concerned about China’s expanding hegemony, we daydream this is the beginning of genuine change.”