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Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks during a briefing Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan. Wu said that China's attempts at conciliation and military intimidation are sending "mixed signals" to people on the island China claims as its own territory to be won over peacefully or by force. (AP Photo/Wu Taijing)
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Taiwan will fight 'to the very last day' if China attacks

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Taiwan's foreign minister on Wednesday said the island will defend itself "to the very last day" if attacked by China.

Joseph Wu said China's attempts at conciliation while engaging in military intimidation are sending "mixed signals" to the island's residents.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory to be won over peacefully or by force.

Wu noted China flew 10 warplanes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Monday and deployed an aircraft carrier group for exercises near Taiwan.

"We are willing to defend ourselves, that's without any question," Wu told reporters. "We fill fight a war if we need to fight a war, and if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day, then we will defend ourselves to the very last day."

China does not recognize Taiwan's democratically elected government, and leader Xi Jinping has said "unification" between the sides cannot be put off indefinitely.

"On the one hand they want to charm the Taiwanese people by sending their condolences, but at the same time they are also sending their military aircraft and military vessels closer to Taiwan aimed at intimidating Taiwan's people," Wu said at a ministry briefing.

"The Chinese are sending very mixed signals to the Taiwanese people and I would characterize that as self-defeating," Wu said.

The vast improvements in China's military capabilities and its increasing activity around Taiwan have raised concerns in the U.S., which is legally bound to ensure Taiwan is capable of defending itself and to regard all threats to the island's security as matters of "grave concern."

Speaking in Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Taiwan. "The United States maintains the capacity to resist any resort to force or any other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security or the social or economic system of the people on Taiwan," Price said Wednesday.

The naval drills being conducted in waters off Taiwan were meant to help China "safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests," the army said Monday, using language often interpreted as being directed at Taiwan's leadership that has refused to give in to Beijing's demands that it recognize the island as part of Chinese territory.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, and most Taiwanese favor maintaining the current state of de facto independence while engaging in robust economic exchanges with the mainland.

China has created conditions for greater economic integration, while also targeting some communities such as pineapple farmers in hopes of weakening their support for the island's government.

Chinese diplomatic pressure has been growing also, reducing the number of Taiwan's formal diplomatic allies to just 15 and shutting its representatives out of the World Health Assembly and other major international forums.

Taiwan has responded by boosting its high-tech industries and unofficial foreign relations, particularly with its key partners the U.S., Japan and others, and by building up its own defense industries, including a submarine development program, while buying upgraded warplanes, missiles and other military hardware from the U.S.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy says the carrier Theodore Roosevelt and its strike group reentered the South China Sea on Saturday to "conduct routine operations." It is the second time the strike group has entered the waterway this year as part of its 2021 deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

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13 ( +16 / -3 )

With everything that is happening in Hong Kong, why would the Republic of China believe the communists? Red China would have to invade and that would be using planes and ships that have never been tested in battle. ROC uses equipment that has done well in battle and are helped by the US military. If Red China attacks the ROC, they are at risk of a large defeat. Their million man army can not walk to Taiwan.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Support Taiwan!

I pray that we do.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

We stand with you Taiwan, against Chinese aggression!

12 ( +15 / -3 )

We stand with you, Taiwan.

QUAD forces need to be moved into the area ASAP. Troops, Carriers, destroyers, bombers and strike jets should be sent to encircle Taiwan and act as a protective buffer. Member nations should be sending men and women NOW to prepare for this. I think if Communist China keep making these outrageous threats against peace-loving Taiwan, war in the region is inevitable this year.

Mainland China will be flattened and cease to exist if they start anything.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

China can damage Taiwan but it can never occupy it. Its Navy will be stopped, while Taiwan’s airforce will only be able to fight them of for a few days without help. It will need pilots and planes from allies very soon. But no Chinese better try to set foot on Taiwan if they know what is good for them.

china will get one big black eye if it tries to invade Taiwan.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Meaningless. If China wants it can take Taiwan - at least conventionally - in weeks if not days.

‘whether they could manage an ongoing insurrection is a different story......

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

I think everyone here, Left or Right, can agree that we all support Taiwan.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Kinmen, a Taiwan's territory located on the southeastern coast of China may be put under serious threat of abrupt invasion. But it is very difficult or nearly impossible for China's PLA to be able to land on the shores of Taiwan Proper. Taiwan's counter-attack is inevitable and prevailing. Not to mention in non-military domains a jingoist China would suffer most.

Should any armed conflict occur across the Strait, it is most likely that President Xi and his associates would have to bark loud "To the very last day!" while forced to flee the homeland seeking/begging refuge in Pyongyang, wiping tears. No bluff.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I reckon that if China does go and try to take back Taiwan forcefully,the same result when Russia annexed the Crimea from the Ukraine will occur... Nothing.The world is so passive nowadays and standing up to wrongdoing is by way of appeasement.The Chinese and Russians know this.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Taiwan will fight 'to the very last day' if China attacks

True, but it will not change the outcome. The CCP is on a roll, and the globalist current western leaders will not support Taiwan against the CCP takeover.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Free world must SUPPORT TAIWAN !!..

And stop China !!..

DON'T BUY CHINESE GARBAGE !!..

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

We all buy and use Chinese made products every day of the week. Even Kentarogaijin.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Every real democracy should support Taiwan.

Fake ones like Russia will not, that is taken for granted!!!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

The D.P.P. of Taiwan has expected their doomsday and their last stand is imminent! Good! Very good! I expected they have no idea about this!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

@Ego Sum Lux Mundi

I'm sitting here just stunned (and laughing) that you actually buy into your conspiracy theories. Little bit of entertainment for the afternoon.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

With everything that is happening in Hong Kong, why would the Republic of China believe the communists?

Which communists? The Xi regime is about as far removed from the ideology as a country can get.

I think if Communist China keep making these outrageous threats against peace-loving Taiwan, war in the region is inevitable this year.

A reminder that China is an authoritarian regime and that Taiwan was no stranger to brutal regimes, only as recently as the lifting of martial law in '87.

That said, the Xi regime's snuffing out democracy in HK is dreadful. But as long as he is the leader, as long as the country embarks on it's course of aggression, Taiwan and other nations should remain vigilant.

I think everyone here, Left or Right, can agree that we all support Taiwan.

Goes without saying.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

I reckon that if China does go and try to take back Taiwan forcefully,the same result when Russia annexed the Crimea from the Ukraine will occur... 

To compare the CCP threat against Taiwan with the Russian securement of its main national naval base demonstrates total historical and geopolitcal ignorance. But I can see how people who only read headlines in the mainstream media would believe this.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

But I can see how people who only read headlines in the mainstream media would believe this.

Every time you say this you are asked to provide your version of a reliable news source. Every time guess what happens...

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Conspiracy people love saying how everyone else is ignorant of the real facts, but never actually have any to show. Odd innit.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Every time you say this you are asked to provide your version of a reliable news source. Every time guess what happens...

I don’t have to guess what will happen, I know what will happen: nothing.

It’s weird how rightists constantly bitch about the MSM, but refuse to provide us with better sources. It’s almost as if they don’t actually have any better sources.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Lazarus: Spot on!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

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