A senior official in Taipei said international support was “as strong as it has ever been.”
And the government in Beijing as well “laden” The island’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, said internal issues called for an attack on Taiwan, suggesting the People’s Republic had no immediate plans to invade.
Speaking at an event hosted by The New York Times on Thursday, Tsai said the chances of war remain low, citing strong international support for Taiwan and Beijing’s reluctance, given its policies. “Economic, financial and political challenges.”
I believe that the Chinese leadership at this stage is burdened by internal challenges. And I think this is probably not the time for them to be thinking about a major invasion of Taiwan. said the hostess “The international community has made clear loud and clear that war is not an option, and that peace and stability are in everyone’s interests.”
The Taiwanese president went on to praise continued American support for the island. “Especially on the security level” He said there was international support as well “As solid as ever, if not stronger.” Regarding the possibility of conflict with Beijing, she noted that Taipei and Washington were “Managing risks jointly” But mentioned “I think we’re fine in that regard.”
While Taiwan has long enjoyed self-rule, Beijing considers the island part of its territory under its One China policy, reserving the right to reunify by force if it formally declares independence. Few countries officially recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state, although Washington maintains informal relations with Taipei and has approved several arms sales over the years.
Beijing confirmed on Monday that it was ready to allow this “A large area” China demands peaceful reunification with Taiwan, but has warned that it will not tolerate separatist activities in Taipei, which is heading to hold new elections in January.
“I want to stress that Taiwan independence means war.” said Chen Binhua, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in Beijing, citing two pro-independence candidates in Taiwan’s presidential race.
In a meeting with US President Joe Biden in California earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that Taiwan remained the most serious issue for US-China relations, and urged Washington to halt arms sales to the island.
China’s military launched multiple rounds of maneuvers after high-level meetings between US and Taiwanese officials over the past year, including simulating a massive siege after then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in 2022. A similar demonstration was held last April following the sit-down between Pelosi’s successor , Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and Tsai