Taiwan is China's next 'target' after Hong Kong: foreign minister

09/27/2020 04:02 PM
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Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. CNA file photo
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) will warn in a briefing at the Legislative Yuan on Monday that China's next "target" after Hong Kong is Taiwan as Beijing looks for scapegoats in facing internal and external crises.

Wu will say that China has tried to pressure and isolate Taiwan in the international arena over the years and that such pressure has been ramped up in recent months as Beijing grapples with problems at home and abroad, according to a copy of the report Wu will deliver that was sent to the Legislature on Sunday.

Among those problems are strained China-U.S. relations, sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea, and its military standoff with India, the report said, and when China faces such crises, it looks for scapegoats that enable it to consolidate the legitimacy of its one-party rule.

After China passed a new national security in Hong Kong that took effect in June aimed at taking full control of the special administrative region following a year of pro-democracy protests, Beijing now sees Taipei as its next target, the report said.

In recent months, China has continued to elevate its military coercion toward Taiwan by sending warplanes to cross into the nation's air defense identification zone.

Such incursions have not only changed the cross-Taiwan Strait status quo but also pose a serious threat to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and raised concerns in the international community, according to the report.

Meanwhile, aside from the military threat from China, other challenges exist in the region, including the nuclear threat from North Korea, sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea, and China's tightened control of ethnic autonomous regions in Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang, according to the report.

In response to these challenges that threaten regional security, the foreign ministry will continue to safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty, dignity and democratic values based on "steadfast diplomacy" to promote Taiwan on the world stage, the report said.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Joseph Yeh)

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