The editorial of the publication supported by the Chinese state World time The newspaper came as China escalated its military intimidation against the island nation of Taiwan.
On Monday, a record 56 Chinese fighter jets burst into Taiwan’s airspace, prompting the Taipei Defense Ministry to scramble its air defense system and issue warnings. The show of force marked the fourth consecutive day of intrusions by aircraft belonging to the People’s Liberation Army, with around 148 Chinese planes encroaching on the island’s airspace.
Taiwan called the incursions “irresponsible provocative actions,” while the United States, Japan and Australia urged China to end its military threats.
The editorial objected to US and Japanese support for Taiwan and called it “strategic collusion” which it said is becoming increasingly “daring.”
He also warned Taiwan and its supporters not to “keep playing with fire”, saying that “the preparation of the Chinese mainland to use force against the secessionist forces in Taiwan is much stronger than ever.”
“The strategic collusion between the United States and Japan and the DPP [Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan] the authorities are getting more and more daring and the situation across the Taiwan Strait has almost lost all leeway, on the brink of a face to face, creating a sense of urgency that war can be started at any time ” , the editorial said. .
Taiwan said on Monday that China had breached its airspace with 56 planes, including nuclear-capable bombers, in a single day. Prior to that, the People’s Liberation Army sent 38 fighter jets to the area on Chinese National Day on Friday, and 39 planes on Saturday, followed by 16 on Sunday.
Hours before the incursions, it was reported that the aircraft carrier HMS reine Elizabeth had entered the disputed South China Sea, which China claims as its territorial waters. This may indicate that the joint exercise of the British flagship with the American aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson et USS Ronald Reagan, and the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS While, was another trigger for China’s “intimidation” of Taiwan, experts say.
In a scathing rebuke, the editorial said China would not allow the island to act as a “US strategic containment outpost against China,” and would not be allowed in any way. to secede from China.
Another severely worded editorial in the World time said Taiwan’s fate “must be a disaster when they attempt to separate Taiwan from China.” He also warned that Taiwan was heading for its “tomb” by colluding with outside forces. This editorial was published in response to an article by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Foreign Affairs magazine, where she warned of the “catastrophic consequences” for peace in Asia if Taipei fell into Beijing’s hands.
The Taiwanese defense minister said on Wednesday that China has the capacity to stage a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025. Chiu Kuo-cheng said the situation between China and Taiwan is “the most important. more serious ”for more than 40 years, and added that there was a risk of“ misfire ”across the delicate Taiwan Strait.
He said a parliamentary committee was considering a proposed A $ 240 billion (£ 6.3 billion) special military spending on Taiwan-made weapons, such as missiles and warships.
Although the United States and Australia do not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, they have issued statements supporting Taiwan against China’s latest show of force.
Australia expressed “concern at the increase in Chinese air incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone over the past week” and warned of “the threat or use of force “.
The United States has called the incursions provocative and unsettling. “Our commitment to Taiwan is unwavering and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region,” he said.
But China criticized the US statement for “pumping up” Taiwanese separatist forces and called on Washington to stop supporting such actions.
Following China’s statement, Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he had spoken by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “I spoke with Xi about Taiwan. We agree… we will respect the Taiwan agreement, ”he said. “We’ve made it clear that I don’t think he should do anything other than stick to the deal. “
Mr. Biden is said to have referred to Washington’s long-standing “one-China policy”, under which it officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, and the Taiwan Relations Act.
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland later Wednesday amid heightened tensions between the world’s two largest economies over various issues, including Taiwan. This will be Mr. Sullivan’s first face-to-face meeting with Mr. Yang since the two were involved in verbal exchanges in Alaska in March.
A group of French senators, including a former defense minister, are due to visit Taiwan this week, despite Chinese pressure. The delegation will be led by Alain Richard, head of the Taiwanese Friendship Group of the French Senate, said Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou.
(With additional reports from agencies)