Taiwan president tells China war is ‘absolutely not an option’


Taiwan’s president has denied the possibility of armed conflict with China and said the government was ready to work with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to reach a “mutually agreeable deal”.

in her address On Monday, President Tsai Ing-wen said it was “regrettable” that China had escalated military threats, diplomatic pressure and trade obstruction to strip Taiwan of its sovereignty.

“I want to make it clear to the Beijing authorities that armed conflict is absolutely not an option for the two countries,” Tsai said.

“Only by respecting the Taiwanese people’s commitment to our sovereignty, democracy and freedom can we lay the foundation for resuming constructive exchanges across the Taiwan Strait,” she added. rice field.

China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, even though Taiwan is a sovereign state with a democratically elected government, and has vowed to conquer Taiwan by force if necessary. rice field.

Following a controversial visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) in August, the CCP launched military exercises near Taiwan, launched multiple ballistic missiles over Taiwan, and launched international closed off the sea.

Tsai said Taiwan is willing to negotiate with China to restore peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, but must not compromise the freedom and democracy of the Taiwanese people.

“The most widely agreed upon among the people of Taiwan and various political parties is that national sovereignty and a free and democratic way of life must be safeguarded. she said.

Enhanced defense

Tsai has made strengthening Taiwan’s defenses a top priority to ensure it is “fully prepared” to respond to external military threats.

The president said Taiwan is increasing its defense spending, mass-producing precision missiles and advanced warships, and increasing efforts to modernize its military.

“Through our actions, we are sending a message to the international community that Taiwan will take responsibility for its own defense, leave nothing to fate, and work with allies to maintain Taiwan’s security and stability in the region.” she said.

Karl Schuster, former director of operations at the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Center, said China’s leadership wanted Taiwan to accept “reunification” without the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) invading the island by amphibious assault. He said he wanted to be forced.

“I believe the People’s Liberation Army wants airstrikes and missile strikes to defeat Taiwan’s political will,” he told the Epoch Times on Sept. 30. Looking back at the Battle of Britain, the Germans wanted the same thing.”

Schuester believes Beijing will not act if Taiwan aggressively builds up its military, maintains military readiness and strength, and if the United States sticks to its commitments to Taiwan.

“China has to overcome minefields both on the water and on the beach, and the people of Taiwan are dedicated to defense,” he continued, adding that he did not believe the CCP would succeed by 2030. rice field.

Jenny Li contributed to this report.

Aldogra Fredry


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.