China should not underestimate Taiwan’s resolve to defend itself, and military threats will only make the Taiwanese people even more resolute, the island’s defense ministry said in a new video responding to Chinese threats. repeated.
China has stepped up military activities around the island, where the Losing Nationalists established their government after the Civil War ended in 1949, sending fighter jets and warships to exercise near Taiwan. Communist-ruled China claims the island as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to assert control.
The Taiwanese Defense Ministry, in a statement last Thursday accompanying a video showing Taiwanese forces participating in exercises, said it was “expressing its harsh attitude in the face of recent acts of military pressure by the Liberation Army. Chinese communist people ”.
Taiwan won’t provoke, but neither will it show weakness, he added.
“Absolutely do not treat our determination to defend Taiwan lightly,” the ministry said.
“The most arrogant country can easily start a war, and the most ignorant government can be caught in the flames of war. ”
China’s provocations and threats will only bring the Taiwanese people together more and “recognize the essence of Chinese communist militarism,” the defense ministry said.
“In the end, it will have the opposite effect, inciting the anger and antipathy of the Taiwanese people, seriously undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. “
Don’t underestimate our determination at #protectourcountry. The #ROCArmedforces will not oppose but we will respond to hostile actions. pic.twitter.com/A8C0djaKLT
– Ministry of National Defense, ROC (@MoNDefense) August 20, 2020
The carefully produced video, also posted on the ministry’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, shows Taiwan’s F-16s howling through the air, missiles fired from land and sea, and soldiers on maneuver.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is overseeing a military modernization program, though Taiwan’s forces are eclipsed by those of China, which now has advanced equipment including stealth fighters and aircraft carriers.
The United States, Taiwan’s main arms supplier, has stepped up support for the island. Last year, the US State Department approved arms sales worth $ 10 billion to Taiwan.