The military relationship between Taiwan e China it’s at the worst moment in four decades, warned the island’s defense minister on Wednesday (6), after several days of incursions by Chinese planes into its air defense zone.
“For the armed forces, the current situation is the bleakest in 40 years since I started my service,” Taiwanese minister Chiu Kuo-cheng declared in parliament.
Since Friday, China’s National Day, Beijing has sent nearly 150 planes beyond the island’s air defense zone.
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The incursions provoked criticism in the United States and unrest in Taiwan. The island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, warned on Tuesday in an article of “catastrophic consequences” if the territory falls into the hands of China.
Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China, which considers this island a part of its territory to be recovered someday, including by force if necessary.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who called Taiwan’s takeover “unavoidable,” also described relations with the territory as “gloomy” in a letter sent last week to the island’s new opposition leader.
Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng warned that “the slightest oversight or miscalculation” could trigger a crisis in the Taiwan Straits and noted that China will be in a position to launch a full-scale attack in 2025.
“It is capable now, but it needs to calculate the cost it will have to pay and what kind of result it wants to achieve. After 2025, costs and losses would fall to a minimum,” Chiu said.
Beijing has increased military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of Tsai, who considers the island a de facto sovereign nation and not part of China.