Taiwan sees “a very threatening China these days” and Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told Newsmax his country is preparing to be invaded.
“We try to prepare for an event that China may launch war against Taiwan,” Wu told Wednesday’s “The Record” with Greta Van Susteren. “From what we see recently, China seems to be gearing up its military preparations.”
Wu points to the “evidence” of China’s military buildup, including naval exercises east of Taiwan for two weeks in early May and air exercises in Taiwan’s airspace. Also, China has been more and more emboldened on the Taiwan Strait not being international waterway, a point of contention the U.S. has been forward in contesting of late.
“Their spokesperson for the PLA [People’s Liberation of China] has spoken about the medium line of the Taiwan Strait does not exist because Taiwan is part of China,” Wu told Van Susteren, noting the medium line of the Taiwan Strait has been “safeguarding status quo and peace and stability over this area for years.”
“Very recently, their ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson also talked about Taiwan is part of China and therefore the Taiwan Strait is not an international water, so if we put all this together, we see a very threatening China these days.”
As much as Russia’s invasion amid Vladimir Putin’s claims of Ukraine as a part of Russia might lead to China’s aggression on Taiwan, Wu noted, he added Ukraine’s defense against aggression has been “inspirational.”
“The most important thing for us is that we need to be prepared, and we are trying to beef up our defense capabilities to face a situation that China may launch war against Taiwan,” Wu told Susteren. “And in this regard, I would say that war in Ukraine serves as a very inspirational example for us. And we try to beef up our defense capabilities. At the same time, we try to toughen our det…