The Chinese regime is warning of “drastic measures” if Taiwan moves toward independence, asserting that Taiwan’s provocations and external meddling could intensify in 2022, a Beijing official said Wednesday.
During a press briefing, Ma Xiaoguang, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office, said that China is willing to do all it can to seek peaceful reunification with the island but will act if it insists on independence, according to Taiwan News report.
“If separatist forces in Taiwan seeking independence provoke, exert force or even break through any red line, we will have to take drastic measures,” Ma threatened.
“Next year, the Taiwan Strait situation will become more complex and severe,” he added.
The CCP has been stepping up threats towards the island, which it claims as part of its territory, even though the population of around 24 million people democratically elects its rulers and rejects the Chinese regime’s claims of unification.
Taiwan, which has a democratic government, has seen China’s military pressure intensify in the last two years, with fighter planes entering its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) almost daily; however, Tsai Ing-wen, its president, has made it clear that she will not be intimidated by the totalitarian communist regime and together with her allies will defend the island’s sovereignty.
In this regard, last month, she declared that her country “will continue to intensify cooperation with the United States to defend our shared values of freedom and democracy and ensure peace and stability in the region.”
Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Taiwan a “wanderer who will eventually return home” and stressed that the region “should not be used as a pawn” by other countries.
The United States, while recognizing only one China, is bound by the “Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances,” to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, making it the island’s most important international ally and arms supplier.
In this regard, the Biden administration has said it “strongly opposes” any action that would alter the “status quo” in the region or “undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.” Still, it has long maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” about whether it would intervene militarily to protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.
According to a poll conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in October, 52% of Americans support U.S. soldiers defending Taiwan in the event of an attack by the Chinese regime.