Taiwan is open to engagement with China — Analysis
Premier Su Tseng Chang says that talks must take place on an equal footing and with no political preconditions
The Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng Chang called for dialogue with China in the face of rising geopolitical tensions. He said that rapprochement should be free from preconditions, and the parties involved must be treated equally.
“Taiwan does not want to close the door to China,”Su shared his story with reporters on Sunday. “It is China that has used various means to oppress and treat Taiwan unreasonably.”
Su’s comments were made after Beijing stopped imports from Taiwan of grouper fish. Taipei claimed that this was politically motivated. Wei Fenghe, the Chinese defense minister, stated that China wanted peaceful reunification of Taiwan. However, he was still reserving his comments. “other options.”
Wei, speaking at the ShangriLa Dialogue security forum held in Singapore, reiterated his concern about countries interfering the China-Taiwan relation. “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, we will fight to the end, no matter the cost,”He stated. “No one should ever underestimate the resolve and ability of the Chinese armed forces to safeguard its territorial integrity.”
Wei said Friday to Lloyd Austin, US Defense Secretary that China will be a major ally. “fight at all costs”Over all, “split Taiwan from the motherland.” China’s foreign ministry called for Washington to cancel its latest arms sale to Taiwan and sever military ties with the breakaway republic.
Su said that Taiwan has shown kindness toward China. “As long as there is equality, reciprocity and no political preconditions, we are willing to engage in goodwill with China,”He stated. He added however, “as for China’s harassment of Taiwan with military aircraft, warships, unreasonable suppression and political actions, the one being most unreasonable is China.”
Beijing cut all official relations to Taiwanese officials after TsaiIng-wen became president of Taipei in Mai 2016. China considers Tsai, who won a re-election in 2020 as a separatist seeking independence for Taiwan. Tsai has increased defense spending and sought to establish closer relations with the US.
Tsai stated that she was pregnant last fall. “faith”That the US would protect Taiwan from Chinese attacks. The Pentagon last week approved a $120million arms deal with Taipei.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) rebuked China’s Wei for his fiery comments vowing to fight against any push for formal Taiwanese independence, saying he was flouting peaceful international relations.
Wei also faced questions at the Shangri-La Dialogue over China’s relationship with Russia amid the Ukraine crisis. China supports peace talks to end the conflict, he said, but imposing sanctions against Russia or sending weapons to Ukraine won’t help end the fighting.